last week i was able to attend a PhotoShop conference for 3 days in Vegas. while there, i was privileged to sit in on a lecture by this photographic legend, Jay Maisel. he spoke of light, shape, gesture, and perception. he reminded me of the importance of always being ready, turning around (because there’s a picture in the other direction as well), and to not be a one trick pony - if i am fascinated with minimalism (which i am) to learn to photograph the complex, if i lean towards photographing the flat geometrics i need to also be able to photograph the infinite scale and depth… in other words he reminded me - to see.
one particular collection of his work that he shared with us really resonated with me…
"Two weeks after 9/11, still numb, depressed, and disconnected (as we all were), I had to go to ground zero. I took my camera but I had no idea what I was going to see, do or photograph. I just had to be there; to bear witness to what had happened and was happening. This is a record of some of what I saw."
Bearing Witness, by Jay Maisel
i find it quite fitting to share his record on this special day.
learn to look, force yourself to create even when it’s difficult, and bear witness of this beautiful and fragile thing called life.