What I See
an experiment involving human subjects
To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place.... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. - Elliott Erwitt
My way of seeing the world is what I consider my special gift. Walking around town, my street photographer eye has a habit of making magic with the mundane.
The viewfinder helps me discover subliminal messages and stories created by the interplay of natural light and its human-made context. It makes everyday life exciting and gives me an appreciation of the world that helps to keeps me positive no matter what the world throws at us (hello 2020).
This way of seeing is possible because I go to a state of solitude. With the camera, I feel completely alone. All that matters in those moments is the scene in front of me. I wander around inside a bubble.
For ten weeks, I ran a self-imposed experiment. What would happen if I wasn't alone? What would my work look like? How would I feel?
This is a documentary of that experiment.
I invited some friends to come along on my urban adventures
they became the "anonymous stranger" in scenes I saw
at first, it was disruptive
there was pressure to keep a conversation going
small talk = not seeing
not seeing = uninspiring work
with time, we grew quieter
the images we made became more creative
my friends started to see things I didn't see
half way, I changed locations to a big city
introducing the possibility of capturing real strangers in the image
we pushed boundaries
we made images inconceivable to me ten weeks ago
I am seeing new things
my friend, my teacher