Learning to See

Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965), a documentary photographer best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration  wrote, a camera is a tool for learning how to see.  She also wrote, a portrait is a lesson on how one human being should approach another.

I’ve never been much of a people-person which is probably why I struggle with portraiture and dread this semester’s portfolio project.  My fellow students and instructors tell me I improved greatly throughout my classes, but it still makes me very, very uncomfortable.  I am so much more comfortable with animals.  A lot of people are. People are a lot of work.

I can see really well — I cannot always capture things the way I see them with a camera, but if I keep practicing, eventually I will be able to.

Today at school was not so great, but it got better. Maybe I can find a career doing something worthwhile.  One would have thought farming was doing something worthwhile — and it is, but it does not pay the bills, at least not the way I have chosen to do it.

We will see …


Until later …