having a six week old in the house is a lot of things, all bundled together. it’s scary, although not as scary as it was at week one, that’s for sure. it’s loud, at times. it’s non-stop. it’s tiring. and at the same time, it’s one of the most amazing things i’ve ever experienced in my life. it’s miraculous, joyous, and inspirational.
i’ve been thinking a lot about the way my son sees the world. right now, he’s seeing a lot of things for the first time. he has no preconceived notions about, well, anything. everything is new to him. he observes, thinks, reacts, focuses on something to study it more, thinks, reacts, rinse, repeat. he’ll focus on something for what seems like hours. he can’t move his position, he doesn’t look from a new angle; he sits there, fixated on the same position, the same angle, the same scene. and he just looks to figure it out.
i’ve been feeling lately that i can learn from my son, and try some of those same tactics with my photography. i find that i sometimes don’t just look. i don’t take in a scene to try to figure out what i think is most interesting about it. to look at the scene without the camera, and to really study it like i’ve never seen anything like it before. figuring out what in a scene to shoot; what’s interesting, what tells the story. then to worry about the composition, the angle, the lens, the power levels of the strobes, and all of the other technical stuff. many times lately i rush in, slap all the technical stuff together, push the button, and i’m done. sure, i got the shot. the portrait looks like the person, the lighting is good, everyone’s eyes were open. but what did i miss? what detail, had Â i focused on it, could have told more of Â a story? what else was around, outside of the range of the viewfinder, that i could have included? what could i have omitted?
so in the first 6 weeks of his life, he’s taught me oh-so-many things, and reminded me to take my time and view a scene as if i have never seen anything like it every before. and then look. really look. see. really see. and then shoot.
i’m going to give that a try.