Ansel Adams said that a great photograph is,
"...a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety. "
My path to photography starting with walks in the woods of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
At first, my photographs were not taken with anything in mind beyond that what I was seeing was interesting to me. There was a vague feeling though; one of wonder. And as I wondered about the wonder of what I was seeing, I also wondered what the camera would see.
As I walked through the woods I generally wanted the camera to document what I was seeing.
The photographs of the woods – what the camera saw – were rarely the same as what my eyes had seen.
Cape Cod woods are a tangle of trees mostly, which the camera can not quite capture correctly it seems.
While the forest looked interesting to me, it looked less so to the camera.
But color and form on the ground sticks out amidst the blends of the forest, and kept attracting my gaze.
Reds, whites, and greens, rounds of top of stalks, were obvious choices for the camera.
So, when I came upon a stream I was already looking down, thinking of color and form.
Within the water I saw memories of childhood — larvae and tadpoles swimming
above decaying leaves, along and waterbugs on the surface, caught my eye.
Then I noticed that with one eye closed the water looked different.
But it was not the water that I was seeing. It was the water's surface. And something more.
Through one eye I saw the surface of the water, the reflections on the water, and through to the bottom of the water.
All at once I was seeing the sky and the trees, the wind as it buffeted the surface,
and the myriad life in the water and plants and debris of years of leaves on the murky bottom.
With one eye I saw more than I ever had.