Learning to See

DSCF7064 It all started with my daughter Hannah’s first stage performance. She was 2, and cast for the role of a fruit-carrier in her school’s Ibong Adarna production.  Hannah performed beautifully, and at the curtain call, she danced delightedly with the rest of the cast and crew. My wife and I took in her sheer joy.

The event convinced me to take up photography in earnest. Shortly after the show, I looked for options. DSLRs had always intrigued me, but I gravitated to mirrorless cameras because of their lightness and versatility. I decided on the Fujifilm X-E1, and took to photographing my family straight away. Over the next few days, I generated some satisfying family images: DSCF8555DSCF9354Hannah But the X-E1 must have had street photography in its DNA. As soon as I learned the basics, I searched for more subjects to document. About a week after acquiring the X-E1, I wrapped its strap around my wrist and walked out the door. The results were bad.  My images exposed the fears I had of engaging new subjects and connecting with others openly.

DSCF0308 DSCF0324 DSCF0156 I tried editing some of the pictures to highlight some accidentally interesting content, but there was no editing the fact that I was shrinking back instead of reaching out: 9b4d-df46-fedb-ba3b Strangely, the very next day, I found myself walking out the door again.  I wrapped the camera strap around my wrist and resolved to use my camera properly, to engage subjects instead of hiding in plain sight, and to learn how to see. FullSizeRender (1)


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