Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My Way of Seeing the World

Yesterday I mentioned reading the book Traveling Light by Deborah DeWit Marchant and that our photographs are very similar. Here's what she says about what motivates her photography, "I sought the familiar in confined spaces: the sky reflected in a window or the shadow of a tree on a sun-painted wall. I tried to connect with some sort of common

human experience. It wasn't the fantastic or the awesome that we shared, it was the simple daily things. The sights on my everyday paths were a deeper source of beauty than any extraordinary place. Soon, everywhere I looked some proof of humanity's moment in eternity captured me. A doorway, a cluttered shed, a rundown porch."

I've always been enamored with trying to capture small pieces of daily life. These are the cumulative pieces of our existence. I'm also reading The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. She says there are two different ways people look at life; one if seeing the big picture, and the other is noticing the small details. I'm definitely in the later group, so I guess that's why I take photos of bits and pieces. Above are a few examples of what I mean.


libbyquilter said...

i may have to look for both of these books.

i'm a noticing the small details type too.


Pom Pom said...

I find it fascinating that people notice different details. I always notice hands. I never forget a pair of hands.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Hello and thank you for visiting and comment on my blog. Perusing your recent posts it seems we have similar interests and outlooks...and you have reminded me here that I need to find that book Traveling Light...someone recommended it to me several months ago! I know from what you say about it that she is a kindred spirit.

I also see two favorites in your "reading now" list in the sidebar: My Heart's in the Highlands, and Fidelity.

It is a pleasure to meet a blogger new to me and I shall come visiting again.

Laura A said...

I love this pink door photo. And enjoyed the Twyla Tharp book, too. Read it a couple of years ago.

debbie bailey said...

Laura, I took that photo in a ghost town in Colorado.