Funny how some normal-looking photographs
offer the potential of being something more.
My daughter sent me a long-distance snapshot
of my grand-son playing with his dad.
I can’t get enough pictures of my little guy,
exploring his new world with a toddler’s beautiful curiosity.
Something about this image attracted me.
I take another look and let my subconscious see it, too.
(It helps to relax or fuzz the eyes so you are not focusing on detail.)
If I get a ‘alerting’ feeling about it:
almost like an antenna picking up a signal,
it means my eyes are noticing a new pattern or a new image there;
seeing the potential of a new composition
deep in the center of the photograph.
Like all beautiful things,
it has been there all the time.
I would love to hear if this technique has worked for you,
and about the brave new photographs you have found
deep within your own images.
Dorothy Perry is a Chicago portrait photographer specializing in custom family portraits, modern headshots, & personal branding for women and executives.