Henry David Thoreau was an American author, philosopher, poet extraordinaire, famous for writing pieces like his masterful "Walden", a reflection piece on the natural and simple things. Anyways, Thoreau once said: "The question is not what you look at but what you see."
This quote is so simple, but leaves me thinking about the bigger picture (ohh good one Spring, the bigger picture and you're talking about photography, accidental folks.). This is speaking of something entirely natural. Can we train ourselves to see specific things? Yes. Can we alter our views and learn to see things in a new way? Yes. Do we at times block out what is really there and focus on what we already think we see? Yes. This pertains to so much more- character, judgement, human nature, class, etc. Sometimes when we look at something we already have an opinion formed, and there is no room for change, we forget to really look and see what is there. This happens in regards to people most commonly. We form our opinion of that soul, and no matter how much time passes, we only focus on what we think is there. This scares me because I hate when people think they know exactly who I am, my ins and outs, my quirks and habits, and while I certainly have those, I change often. We all do really, and this is refreshing! Never do I want to be the same bland person, I want to constantly be learning new things that ignite new thoughts which make me grow.
Anyways, before the 3 AM ramblings get too out of control, here are a few of my favorite photos. I have a folder of literally 50, so I'll just randomly add a few as to not bore you and bog you down in random art. Some I love because they do a great job of speaking volumes, even in their simplicity. Others are here because they are of my favorite people. Enjoy...
If you can't tell, this is Audrey Hepburn. While I look up to her because she was brilliantly classy and poised, this is the most natural her. Away from the glitz and the glamour that is "Breakfast At Tiffany's". This is her later in life, having accomplished much and suffered greatly, and she just looks comfortable, and wise.
This is my prized possession. If you were to lock me in a room with this, my camera, a notebook, my photos, and a few of my dearest, I could be content for years. This piano is mine, passed down from the legend that is my Grandma Ruby Leavitt. I treasure every single memory I have of my Grandma. She was witty, she was clever, she was classy, she was wise, and she had a remarkable passion for life and for music.
You know who. Before they made it big and were rebelling and rewriting the musical world.
My brother, Chancho, is an artist. When he was in ninth grade he did a poster sized dot art of this guy, I began researching to find out who he was, and what was so great about him. Che Guevara represents adventure, service, revolution, change, and brilliance really. He was executed while fighting with all he had, and anyone who is willing to do that has me impressed.
This is a photo of my brother Spencer's grave, the first time I visited it. I have talked about this before and do not need to say anymore, but Superman is fitting for Spence.
My brother Brian took this, and it instantly became one of my favorite photos. Not only is it an exceptional photo, but that bridge holds buckets of memories for our family. This is the famous money bridge, you cannot visit it without mysteriously finding a few coins, and even a couple of bills on occasion!
Ohhhhh Johnny, you perplexed bad ass you, I'll always love Johnny, another love passed on from sibilings who were naturally awesome and who taught me to appreciate good things, Johnny being one of them. I love this photo, representing defiance and attitude, thank you Johnny.
Taken in my favorite pub in London on a very good day.
Taken in Belgium, on what was one of the most whimsical, content days I will ever have on this Earth. It looks like a fairy tale.
This photo has led millions of tourists to risk their lives, so I feel it must be an inspiring shot. Ohhhh Abbey Road.
I fully acknowledge the random collection that this is, just embrace it.