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I wrote a post over at Google+ the other day talking about the process I go through in my head when I decide to make a photograph. You can read it here –

The crux of the idea is that if you can imagine a thing in your mind’s eye, you can make a better photo of it. The notion that I will run my fingers across the fret’s of a guitar fretboard provides inspiration for an image that may only include the fretboard.

The idea can be extrapolated across almost any boundary. I’m experimenting more and more with the other four senses in regard to my photography. I’m trying to involve everything from taste to smell to hearing to feeling before I use my eyes. This provides me with all new ways of thinking about old subjects.

It’s clear that this method is only for those interested in MAKING rather than TAKING photographs. Not everyone is or needs to be interested in practicing photography at this level. Some people are rightly happy just walking along and shooting whatever comes into their field of view. I think that’s a valid approach. But I also think the approach I’m describing here is valid.

What if we open up our minds and use our other senses to improve our “vision?” How good can we get?

Sorry for the ethereal post – hopefully it helps someone who “sees” that this process might help take their images to the next level. What do you think? Is this something that might work? Let me know on Twitter @ScottBourne


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