Seeing, Not Thinking

written by: Stephen Johnson

Photography is a language of light, not words. Its vocabulary is light, its form is light (and absence of light), its poetry is the pattern and design that light reveals. People often struggle with this, not because it doesn’t make sense, but because the language of light is, for most of us, only a source for language, and is rarely-used as a primary means of communication. Our brains typically (and instantly) convert sensory input into language−words, to be exact. Yet that process, so deeply engrained into the way we think, filters out volumes of input that words can’t express. Words Read more »