Photographic Vision

Vision can be elusive. We may not always have an immediate conscious reaction to the world, may not understand our feelings about the story in front of us. In these times, it is often the case that the camera becomes more than a means to record our vision; it becomes the means to help clarify it. The act of looking through the frame, of excluding other angles and elements, of bringing chaos into order, can bring our vision to the surface. This ability to help us see means, in some way, that the camera is a partner with us in the process, and it is what separates photographers from painters. We have a symbiotic relationship -- not with the camera technology but with the frame, which, for all the technological changes photography has been through, remains the constant.

- David duChemin, Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision.

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