Vision – Part 3

Coca Cola Blues
Coca Cola Blues

Finally the vision…..

As we ended our last blog, we were sitting down to re-evaluate our world. Time had passed by and it was 2012 all too soon. So many stages and back country canyons….

A necessary affirmation of life began. The reflection on the long strange trip it has been and how amazing it was to me to be here now and relatively in one piece psychophysically.

And so we begin…..

After undertaking and reflecting on the possibilities that began with the innocence of childhood with its imbuing of numerous synaptic vibrations embedding their own unique streams of consciousness, through intended righteousness as adolescence and the sixties clashed together to inject new curious mind creations, until today when enlightenment continues as I grasp the realm of consciousness and mind-body relevance, the revelations of the world permeates our soul.

Thus the life stew now simmers with the unique ingredients partaken. A grin begins.

Our photographic journey has developed the various skill sets necessary to flourish on the continued path. Now that mythical “vision” inherent but shrouded within us begins to reveal itself through the thoughtful self-reflection recently enlightened, given sufficient volume, and gelling of “being”.

Proceeding along the lines of reasoning, we reveal our innate natural tendencies primary in life to develop a sense of purpose along multiple segments that sanction the folios, portfolios, and galleries we create and continue searching life’s path for additional inclusions. The continued self-reflection hones the inner awareness of new images for each portfolio and allows further thought on the development of new and segmented tranches of images as we continue our life progression.

These, at present, are neither a real vision nor style, just internal preferences.

Strip Wall Art
Strip Wall Art

Developing each portfolio requires significant thought into each new image for inclusion based on the characteristics of the portfolio as well as a continual review of potential images gleaned from life’s passing. A honing process is also relevant as current portfolio images may no longer exactly fit and are removed/replaced over time.

It is this development and honing for each existing and potential new portfolio that begins the infusion of a personal style in the creation of each unique images based on the entire process from the initial thought of a new potential image all the way through typically multiple captures until the subject reveals itself optimally all the way through selection of optics and methods for the actual capture until the creative post-processing and curation of the image. One often finds there are dual or multiple sub-styles developing. These typically manifest in the numerous options one finds these days in the post-processing segment.

The style one develops is based on subject, methods of capture, and use of various technologies in bringing these to fruition. One always continues to evolve yet hones that overall process with little derivation for each subsequent image until a review of the portfolio output reveals a consistent and well-developed image articulation.

Our internal artistry and creativity constantly evolves thus driving us forward, often in fits of starts and stops, to new subjects, delivered in new ways, yet each will still have an underlying “feel” of our own personal style.

Enter Vision

This derives from our ability to mentally “see” potential new portfolio images from reflections of our internal memories. These memories often are a hodge-podge of fleeting glimpses, recent revelations, the culmination of numerous events that manifest in an “aha moment” and so much more as enabled by our consciousness and, in turn, the sub-conscious.

Actionable processes for projecting these intended revelations via creativity to vision segments initially and whetted with time and continued contemplations often then result in a photo capture session and exploration that contribute the raw material of your intended vision. Typically subsequent explorations, if possible, continue to define the internalized pre-vision developing it to fruition.

Composition of the vision now permeates our scene. The development of a personal style in composition allows one to express your vision as well as your emotional response to the subject. It is here that the basic elements of visual literacy matter. It is here also that one develops the ability to “see” the scene before us as we portend a composition by reflecting on our vision of the scene, the elements of art inherent in the scene before us, line, shapes, forms, content, the light throughout the scene, reflections, refractions, color and its meaning if relevant, contrasting elements and use of your own creativity and design. Further the intended art work is reduced to your vision by the optics selected to capture the scene, wide angle with perspective distortions, telephoto for space compression, etc.

Our vision ability here is also dependent on the fact that we must understand that what we physically perceive as the reality before us will, in fact, be captured based on the nuances of the optical equipment. Thus, what we perceive from an emotional response of viewing the scene are subjective feelings yet the camera will capture what is before it as objective. Our ability to embrace this dichotomy is key to our vision development. Understanding and developing our skills to accommodate this is vital to allowing us to express our emotional response to each scene as we create order out of chaos.


Developing these compositions on a logical basis for the requisite 10,000 hours (just on these tasks) and one slowly develops the acumen required to consistently produce new art work for existing portfolios and develop new galleries evolved from life’s path.

You can infer from this insight into the vision development that one should not be frustrated initially but understand that your own internal development will require much time and reflection with continued learning to eventually wring your own personal vision and style into being.

Developing each composition and capturing the scene to reflect your emotional response to it while balancing the subjective/objective nature of self-versus camera to record the raw material is vital.
One cannot re-compose in the studio. This key element of your art vision must be developed with a patience necessary to your capture.

To be contemplated….

Being and time,


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