Over a holiday weekend it is great to honor the observance and to relax and in my case... finally catch up on things. Plenty of reading, family visiting, a little bit of shopping, some delicious eating and finally watching a documentary I have heard so much about for so long.
'Finding Vivian Maier' sparked ideas, admiration then tinged it with a bit of confusion, peppered it with bewilderment - and topped it off with a renewed sense of excitement for the act of observation. This basic human function most of us are lucky to do all day long, but some people take to another level. I wondered even more about her life and her drive to photograph. I wondered if it feels freeing to shoot the world around you with your camera at your waist instead of covering your face. A slight alteration that must allow for a different kind of interaction, if any interaction at all. Does changing how you shoot change the way you see?
It made me think about observing vs watching vs noticing. What is the difference between them and how does it impact your artistic choices (the philosophical art historian in me never leaves). It made me reflect about my own observation. How sometimes it is more astute than others and how sometimes it is lazy, and I know I am just missing good things. Here are two photos (above and below) where I was shooting things I would not normally shoot - a ceiling fan from D&D in Soho and boys playing kickball at the Palais Royal in Paris. They are simple subjects, but that is what I love about them - their ordinariness. Both of these images are a couple years old. Locating them reminded me that I have drifted from photographing ordinary things just because I saw something cool in them. I want to bring this back into my way of observing and document my love of the ordinary ♡
Which is never really ordinary....