Do You See What I See

“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

Elliott Erwitt was famous for his uncanny ability to capture on film the humor and irony of everyday life.

Fortunately, we are all different. The world would be a boring place if we all liked the same things. Ten people can look at the same picture and see it fourteen different ways. As a photographer I want the viewer to see what I see. When I see something that excites me, I immediately begin analyzing the shot trying to figure out how to shoot the picture for the viewer to understand what I see. In this particular picture I would have to ask which came first? The rocks or the tree.

This shot was taken on a ridge that paralleled the St. Francis River inside the Silver Mines Recreation Area near Fredericktown, MO. It is along a trail that runs parallel with the river along the ridge and just to the right a trail takes off up the ridge. My thinking is the rocks were put there many years ago to mark the trail when the tree was small.

More pictures of the trail that runs along the west ridge overlooking the river.

12 thoughts on “Do You See What I See

  1. That is an interesting, and I think uncommon thought when capturing a second in time and place. I’ve not heard of Mr. Erwitt. I may appreciate such photo taking approaches. This place and these photos are so beautiful.

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  2. Photography is a little different for me and yet the same. I don’t just want to see a scene differently, I want to build it the way I visualize it within my head. Sometimes the sky is perfect one day but the landscape is perfection on another day. It doesn’t change how I felt within each moment… so I merge them together so that my viewer can experience it’s entirely. Other times I build places that never existed at all but I imagine look something like a place in heaven might. My son sleeping with bears to symbolize sharing our home with the wildlife that surrounds us, the ducks on my farm posing perfectly as they are… I enjoy telling a good story both with words and my work.

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