Wonders Unnoticed

By | November 19, 2017

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.

There is a discipline called Contemplative Photography which draws on the idea that we can see either conceptually or 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 present.

This photo (above) of leaves in the local wood is one that I took while not intentionally looking to take a photograph but waiting for an image to fine me.  Those are special moments when you are surprised by something you hadn’t expected to see.  I noticed the layers of colour receding towards the blue. This was not an image of a tree, or leaves, or sky but of something else.

The challenge is to suspend our preconceived ideas about what we are going to see, what we want to see, or any kind of  thing that has a label.  It is often the case that we look for what we believe will  make a good photo and in doing so we miss the real scene.

This is a superbly important idea especially wnen it is applied to how we see the world more generally.  Is it possible to suspend our conditioned way of looking at things? Imagine if the filters can be removed and we begin to see wonders unnoticed?