"In this picture my preconceptions about light and colour
again delayed my realizing what was in front of my eyes. Water
is supposed to be blue, or grey, or black, or green, or brown--but
never yellow. I actually photographed here for half an hour
without seeing the colour; but when I sat down on a rock to
rest, and let my eyes wander out of focus, I suddenly became
aware of the swirling yellow. Immediately, I re-focused my
eyes--and the camera lens. The colour came from a golden maple.
The photograph shows a way of seeing autumn that is all too
easy to miss."
Freeman Patterson, Photography for
the Joy of It.
1997 Toronto: Van Nostrand Rinehold Ltd. p: 72
This particular photograph by Freeman Patterson helped me
understand the two dilemmas facing a photographer:
- actually seeing through the lens
- and understanding the story in the images.
I have selected the following six photographs to illustrate
how I've struggled with these dilemmas.
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an enlargement with commentary