Removing the filters

There’s been a lot written about seeing. On the face of it the act of seeing seems quite straight forward, but the state of mind that allows us to actually notice what’s in front of us is the point of interest.

The discipline of Contemplative Photography draws on the idea that we can see both conceptually and perceptually.  The conceptual mind sees categories of things and is preoccupied with ideas, while the perceptual way of seeing is to register what is actually in front of us.

To be perceptive is to suspend our preconceived ideas about what we might see, what we want to see, or any kind of  thing that has a label or tricks us;  We are not looking for someting.

How does this idea relate to the prejudices we have? Can we suspend our conditioned way of looking at things? Imagine if the filters can be removed and we begin to really see?

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Mark Waddington is a former BBC broadcaster and producer. He now works for the Diocese of Leeds as Urban Mission Officer. If you would like to get in touch email