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The Visible Echo

Carlisle Arts Learning Center
September 28, 2018


VISUAL LISTENING

When we are in a quiet place we use our ears to seek more information about our environment. We instinctively relax and focus, extend our awareness, and sensitize our audio receptors.  We listen.  We reach out with our senses.  We do a directed intake of sensory information on the “Audio Channel.”  Think of how you listen to the spoken word on the radio.  Sometimes we incline our heads towards the source.  Our ears help us decide whether there is danger nearby, discern whether we should comfort our babies, or recognize a song we haven’t heard for a long time.

The act of making a photograph requires a similar process of relaxation and contemplation.  A good photography session can be likened to a directed meditation.  Focus, awareness, and mindfulness are key components in successful image creation.  Through these essentials, photographers enter a state that connects them to the greater world, allowing for a sensitivity that opens the consciousness and exposes the mind to an array of image choices.  We notice things more easily.  

I call this Visual Listening.  It is a heightened awareness achieved through this meditative process and comes from being attentive and calm.  Merely calling it “seeing” doesn’t quite describe the attentive awareness, since we all see.  Think of it as a heightened state, taking in the visual as we would take in sound with our hearing.  It is a technique, a tool, that opens us to the connections, contrasts, and contradictions all around us.  It puts us in touch with a higher level of sensitivity.


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These collections are derived from theme-driven exhibit ensembles or topic-driven work groupings. They represent distinct portfolios of work, sometimes done over several years.  These portfolios are characteristic of the on-going exploration that is my life in photography.

 

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I have over 40 years of experience doing photography.  It spans the genres of portraiture, studio still life, editorial, art reproduction, event documentation, and fine art.  I also have a graphic design portfolio that includes solutions to identity, branding, posters, and collateral.

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Instruction in the art of photography has become an engaging and rewarding concentration of my photographic practice.  I enjoy bringing a greater understanding of the fundamental elements of the medium to my students.  My goal is for them to improve the way they see and increase the quality of their product.