I was in South London yesterday and spotted this row of Eyes (knots in the wood) staring out at the world from a plywood hoarding outside a disused building.
The Eyes stared out at me and my Eye spotted them. Central to our photography is the ability to see. There’s a fantastic quote from Joseph Campbell: ‘The eyes are the scouts of the heart’. Those eight words so succinctly sum up the relationship between our Eye and our creative heart. We need to keep that creative heart beating.
It has to be nourished. By taking images – getting out regularly with our cameras and practicing our craft. And we need to refresh our creative thinking by exposure to the work of other artists: whether it is online, or by visiting galleries and museums and seeing the work not just of fellow photographers, but of painters and sculptors too. And of course there is reading too: books, magazines. Immerse yourself in art and your creativity will grow. Sit in a vacuum and your creativity will die and with it your Eye.
Tonight I’m speaking at Northampton Camera Club about learning to see and the concept of creativity. The full title of the talk is: ‘Learning to See – Observations from a Visual Journey’. During the last two weeks I’ve been kept busy writing the script and building the Powerpoint presentations for this talk, and in consequence I’ve not had the time to view and comment on your work as normal. I’ll get back into the swing of things later this week.