Learning to See
We all hear about learning to see but what does it mean? Heck, we are always ‘seeing’ things. But learning to see really means removing our labels on things and simply seeing in terms of pure graphic design. Samantha has taught me a lot about just ‘looking’ without definitions. Sam gives an exercise to her students in her course Learning to “Speak” the Language of Visual Expression (starts on Feb 1, 2011) where she asks them to just sit in one spot and ‘look’. From this one spot she challenges her students to make ten compelling images. Personally, I never tried this exercise because I can’t sit still. But a week or so ago I sat down at the kitchen table and actually took the time to look around. In less than 5-minutes I started to ‘see’ images. I made three images and was really getting into things when the phone rang (reality bites!). But I did learn that there are photos everywhere if we just slow down and really ‘see’.