Using Photography to Really See Your World
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Using Photography to Really See Your World

puddle in Hilton Head Something interesting happens when we take a photo: We open our eyes. Fully. It’s as though before then a curtain had been covering our eyes. It’s as though a veil blocked our vision. And we start to see things that seemingly weren’t there before. We start to see details and idiosyncrasies. Taking pictures helps us to really see things as they genuinely are (so does drawing). Taking pictures helps us to take a closer look, which we normally don’t do. To examine and study an object or a person. Because as photojournalist Dorothea Lange said, “A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” Taking pictures also is a powerful way to practice gratitude. To remind ourselves of the wonder that surrounds us. “Even on the hardest of days, the beauty of the world can pull me back. I can literally see the world through a different lens—one that honors the miraculous,” writes Andrea Scher in issue 2 of Bella Grace magazine . (Andrea contributed a beautiful prompt to my forthcoming book, Make a Mess , fittingly all about taking pictures.) She further writes, “The bright green sprig of life bursting […]

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