on seeing: my thoughts on seeing with a photographer's eye
what is seeing well? FOR ME SEEING WELL combines concentrated visual sensation and feeling of connection with what I see. The experience feels as though it comes from outside and inside simultaneously, stimulation from the outside and recognition from the inside, sometimes with one side the stimulator and sometimes the other. Regardless of primacy, the experience of right-brain unity with the subject becomes the event, involving intellect and feelings, past and present. Seeing well is for me rare and brief. Sometimes it occurs by happy accident, when a sight seizes full attention. If seeing well is to be done on purpose, it requires silencing words and achieving the musician's concentration.
Why is it rare?
Why is it so hard to sustain?
Why is most visual experience so routine?
Why is it so difficult for me to see well?
Are there impediments?
by Leonard Volk
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