Visual Thinking

“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one.” John Ruskin

When we think of thinking, we think of language.  Words. Logical sequential strings of meaning that lead to an interwoven, verbally expressed concept.  But thinking, the clear activity of the brain that leads to new understanding, is so much more.  Those who refine a movement to create greater efficiency and power, those who translate the geography of a place to a two dimensional map, those who recognize how the volume of an interior space can be shaped to change the quality of day to day life have learned qualities of thinking that are not expressed in words.  Athletes, cartographers, architects all think as uniquely and clearly as a writer, only in a different mode.  So too with photographers, who see things none of the rest of us see, but when they show it to us once, we see it that way from then on.

This page is for photography, art, and other forms of my visual thinking.

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