Saturday, March 17, 2018

Follow Your Heart

The Importance Of Intuition In Art and Life

Photography is a highly intuitive pursuit. As we interact with out surroundings, we find ourselves drawn to certain subjects and settings, not because some rule or calculation sends us in that direction, but because of how we feel when we see them. 

Once we select a setting and a subject, we continue to interact with them as we fine tune the images that we seek to create.

All of these choices are highly personal, driven by an intuitive, instinctive capacity that we never fully comprehend. When our choices are made honestly, a true expression of what we feel within, they form the basis of each individual's style.

a photo of a green plywood construction wall in midtown manhattan new york city
Green Plywood Wall - Midtown, Manhattan

"Your feet will bring you to where your heart is." - Irish Proverb

When I'm working with my camera, I frequently come to decision points where there is no clear advantage to going in one direction or another. Should I follow this road north or south? Should I set up lights or work with the light that is available? Should I try a different lens? Should I ask my subject to do something that's outside of their comfort zone?

In these moments, I find that it's better not to think but to feel. At a crossroad, I'll make an instantaneous decision - right or left? I leave it up to my body. Whichever direction it decides to go is the right one. I'll find something there to photograph, and the results will surprise me. 

Your heart knows where it wants to do. Your feet know how to take you there. Trust your instincts and your intuition. Relax, take your time, and embrace the magic of chance.

May the luck of the Irish be with you.

Camera:    Sony a7R III
Lens:        Sony FE 16-24mm f/2.8 GM

Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

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