Human is built as a vision cognitive machine. How comes when you hold a vision recording machine?
When you think of Photography, what comes to mind? You might think of someone holding a camera with gold or red lines on the lens or looks so different in the crews because you are continually finding something unique. Well, you might right. Almost right, Photography is a ubiquitous expression that all of us can do when you have a recording device. But there may be more things to discuss when we tilt the angle of view.
The nature of Photography is one kind of spontaneous desire. It is not to find out something over there. Instead, it is trying to finding something inside your experience. It is about memory, experience, and yourself — how to see the world around you and read it.
The goals of Photography should not be a photograph, its about seeing and understanding the things over here, and match based on specific aesthetic media attributes. A display of final images defined a media. A typical picture is two dimensional, X and Y, with a thin layer of Z, which usually ignorable easily. It is a rectangle, its maybe black + white or with a full mimic of colors that optically projected on the light sensor surface.
Photography display is an experience sharing system, you see – photo – they see a picture — so its the expression that the audience-depended. It has to be clear that Photography does not about change the world. Therefore, anything alters the basic pattern will slightly change its media attributes. The things we have done to improve the information quality and quantity in a photo or change how to display it will add an extra coat of exaggeration.
So what we should attempt is photographing without purpose and a strong desire been recognized, to pursuit a purely seeing-machine as we are.
There is no substitute for practice. Studying a lot is the latchkey to follow the steep patch to gather knowledge and skills. To learn, technically learned, use properly, then mastery the profession by using it creatively is a long way for most people. Shortcuts are more design for amateurs who looking for speedy results, it defined a simple equation from A to B, the so-called Success Rules to produce good works, or numbered list of doing things all not realistically helpful for the long run. It is harmful.
Curiosity is the number one attitude that any creative person should have. Stop attempting would put the possible new into a barred, protected space that was declining naturally. The curiosity evolved from the broad technical confidence, which is originating from a well-crafted practice and assignment.
It is interesting how humans remember things. We continuously access certain information by using it for an extended period. Remember a list of new vocabulary, learn new skills that involve some strategical repeatability.
Memory is such a fantastic function that all brain carries. There is a particular function or ability called Synaptic Plasticity, and it is means the existence of synapses – a structure that works and helps between neurons communication – to strengthen or weaken over time. Use it or lost it is the key insights of leaning.
In education and learning, the key to designing instructional materials for maximum high-efficiency learning results is not the well-constructed class curriculum for a duration of time. Instead, it is how we can build a system that comfortable for a student to quickly ‘mimic’ and repeat. A system that turns and divide leaning models to a smaller cell that complete usable task. For a leaner, you always should take action now and move learning direction one step at a time forward and make it a solid routine strategically. It is not necessary to set goals to changes, the goal usually weakens the action.
In Nov. 2004, 15 years from now, I launched a website Busoni Books, an early version of Opps.cn. Just at the time when I signed a contract to write my first book Digital Photography for Zhejiang Photography Press. The purpose of the online Busoni Books is to collect some writing pieces that may not use for the book, but it’s still valuable in some perspective.
Many things have changed in the past 15 years. Now, in my early 40s, I decided to continue to accumulate some of my current thoughts in Art, Design, and future media, and start writing in English regularly.
I can never claim myself fluent in English writing, but I see the value of thinking in a different language mode. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish!