I’m writing a reflective piece on my trip to Rwanda and while browsing for inspiration, I bumped into this goldmine of wisdom and thought. David Foster Wallace is considered to be one of the greatest American writers of his time. This is a commencement speech that reflects on our thinking and awareness. It discusses our most reflexive and unconscious cognitions, how that impairs our awareness. I think this has tremendous application to any profession, educational level, etc. Photography is no exception. If you have 23 minutes today, please take the time to watch this video.
For those of us that prefer shooting street photography, active seeing is paramount. But our visual delights are rarely unfiltered by our own thoughts and prejudices. I’d love to hear the thoughts of those who follow this blog on how these ideas can carry over to Art and photographs.
Part Two (try to ignore the hideous music at the tail end):
kid with ball. rugerero, rwanda.
unable to have real soccer balls, these kids tie together pieces of plastic with rope to make a ball.
the view from our lunch table—not bad! a crater lake in uganda
children’s feet. kigali, rwanda