Look versus See


In 1851, Henry David Thoreau wrote. “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”
It is my belief, that to truly be an artist you must fully understand that statement.


I wrote this after reading a wonderful article, “Look and See” by Amy Gulick in the November , 2017 issue of Outdoor Photographer. Amy Gulick is a founding Fellow of Conservation Photographers and you can list her at

I believe that ‘Look versus See’ is the critical core of art, but especially the art of photography. It is the very essence of my personal photographic religion. There is so much that we do not visually and intellectually recognize even though it could be ‘right in front of our noses’. It does not exist in our intellectual consciousness. We are missing out on an enjoyable life experience. An opportunity to capture a piece of life and the world around us.   

How many times do I go out on an enjoyable venture to experience the beauty around us and I produce a photograph and realize either after the fact, or maybe someone pointed it out to me, that I was so totally obsessed with my desire to ‘shoot’ my intended subject that I completely missed a really fantastic shot that was right there!

To become an exceptional artist … not just a photographer … we must ‘open’ our minds, intellectually and visually, to recognize and experience what should be ‘obvious’ … to take a stroll outside of our comfort zone.

It would be a wonderful, delightful, experience to take an outing with my wife and daughter to a setting and just sit there discussing, exchanging, what each of us ‘sees’. Wouldn’t you like to do that with your good buddies? Digging deeply into what is surrounding us.

I strongly suggest that you read Amy Gulick’s article. Make sure you read the part about her trip to Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley to capture the fall colors. A true example of this blog.

I am a photographer because it allows me to capture pieces of the world around me, bring this experience home so that I can replicate the wonderful feelings and enjoyment … OVER AND OVER.

Visit our gallery, to see what we see and share our enjoyable feelings.

Getting up close and personal

Getting close up and personal:)

   There have been and are many images of the oceans’ rolling waves,  Usually they are captured with a wide angle lens.  You are able to experience the total environment.  However, I am suggesting that the artist’s emotional goal may get lost in the photograph’s surroundings.  Perhaps, that is the reason so many of us shoot photographs close up and personal.  Perhaps, that might have justified the invention of the macro lens:)  For me, as I got very personal with the waves, I can feel the undulations, the rhythmic movements … I find it so soothing and relaxing.  What do you think?   I would welcome your feedback 🙂Capturer.jpg

Visiting some friends beneath the sea


Hi there, come on in :)
Hi there, come on in 🙂


Smile :)
Smile 🙂

Nancy, the scuba diver on our team, took these two portraits in Guadalupe.  In talking to Nancy about sharks,  she will ardently tell you that sharks are not the evil aggressive creatures that they are made out to be.  They are only aggressive when provoked.  In terms of portraits, it is generally accepted that the photograph is far more intimate when the subject … human as well as non-human …  is looking directly into the camera.  Do you ‘feel’ this Great Whites’ presence?  Does he intimidate you or do you appreciate him?  I think he is smiling at me 🙂

Feel free to contact Nancy about these images or any of her other underwater art.