Photo Friday: “Candid Shot”


When we photograph, we do not actually reach out and take anything.  A camera is basically a dark box with a receptor (film or digital sensor) on one side and a small opening on the other.  Light reflected from the subject is projected through the opening by the lens onto the receptor opposite it.  When we do photography, we receive an image that is reflected from the subject. Instead of photography as taking, then, we can envision it as receiving.  Instead of a trophy that is hunted, an image is a gift.

~Howard Zehr*

*cited in:  The Little Book of Contemplative Photography


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