There’s something about looking through the lens of a camera. It’s the focus on a small piece of a big world. Like when you take a handmade cardboard frame and use it to zone in on the exact right clipping from an image to use in a collage. Or when you hold it up to a landscape to find the scene you want to paint.
Things look different through that little cardboard square and through the frame of the camera lens. All the clutter is cut away and you can really see the reality of that one little piece of life.
But say we want to …
Look even deeper
Through a friend, I was pointed in the direction of Sheila Finkelstein. And I’ve been reading about her and emailing her ever since. She is such a lovely person and has taken “seeing new things” to a new level – the level of seeing what others don’t see.
”The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust 1871-1922
As a collage artist, that excites me. Because I think that’s what collage is all about. We see beauty in bits and pieces of paper that others toss away. We look for things that can help us tell our story or make our point.
So shooting our own photos to use is a huge advantage. And learning to see things differently could really strengthen our collages.
Learn how to really see
Sheila is running a four-week telecourse starting next week (January 19 or 20, 2010) that is about using your camera to discover the unexpected, to open up and see things you’ve never seen or paid attention to.
The course is “Through and From the Lens Point and Shoot Photo Course – Seeing your world through new eyes.” I’ll be there with bells on and just thought I’d let you know about it as well. You can get all the details at that link.
Sheila is an artist, photographer, writer, coach and former art educator with a Master’s Degree in Creative Arts Education. Her strongest mission in life is to “inspire people to see their worlds in new and different ways.” You can read more about Sheila, her courses and her websites at http://www.sheilafinkelstein.com
I’d love to meet some of you at the course or to hear from you in the comments on things you’ve discovered through your lens.
Please note that the link to the course is an affiliate link and if you do take the course after clicking on the link, I will get a small commission. That has no bearing on what you pay for the course, but Sheila has given a $30 discount at that link. I haven’t taken the course yet so I can’t recommend it on that ground, but I like what I see in Sheila and need to hear what she has to say. I just thought I’d pass it on to you because you may not have seen it otherwise.
[Photo by Deb Mallett]