Awareness. That is something that most of us don’t really think about most of the time. How much do you aware in your own surroundings? David puts the level of awareness in White - Yellow - Red.
Condition White: A photographer walking down the street, head in the clouds, using very little of his senses and not aware of compositional elements
Condition Yellow: Compositionally alert. You’re aware of your environment. You are walking down the street and looking around using your senses to detect compositional elements. You look for the play of light on objects, lines, reflections, shadows, shapes, depth and more.
Condition Red: This is a heightened state of alertness, with a specific compositional focal point. You go out with or without the camera and spend time pin-pointing specific compositional areas you want to work on. Challenge yourself to ‘see’ and notice these areas through the visually chaotic fog of life.
It’s quiet amazing to notice unusual elements which gives textures and patterns, or reflections when you starting to actively engage your mind. When you are starting to notice the elements surround you, you can determine the visual chaos to composition clarity.
Do only what is necessary to convey what is essential. Carefully eliminate elements that distract from the essential whole, elements that obstruct and obscure… clutter and bulk confuse perception and stifle comprehension, whereas simplicity allows clear and direct attention. – Richard Powell
So without further ado, here are the images from the second day.
And at the performing art center.
David, thank you so much and it was such a great to be in the workshop that awaken my senses of awareness.