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Looking Versus Seeing

Does this sound familiar? You’re trying to get out of the house in a hurry, but you can’t find your keys (or your sunglasses, your wallet, your goggles, riding crop, or whatever). You look on your desk, through the pockets of all of the coats you’ve worn recently, on the kitchen table, in the bathroom—then you start all over again. You try to retrace your steps to determine where you might have been when you last had the keys. Finally, after 20 minutes of increasingly maddening searching, you find them sitting in plain sight in the middle of your desk—in the very first place you looked.

This frustrating situation happens because, while it’s very easy to look at the world, it’s far more complicated to actually see it. While we generally use the words “look” and “see” synonymously, for a photographer there are very important differences between the two terms.


  

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