John Ruskin was a painter/writer from the 19th century - born in London in 1819. During his life he worked to teach people how to draw and paint, he was astonished that literacy was something that the general masses were expected to learn but that drawing was not. He told a Royal Commission into drawing that his ‘efforts are directed not at making a carpenter an artist, but to making him happier as a carpenter.’ He discussed and researched beauty, and how we can possess the beauty of places. He wrote so many inspiring things about beauty, and art, and how we see, experience and possess it, but I particularly enjoyed this: ”drawing could teach us to see: to notice rather than to look.”
This is what photography is to me. I have said before: ‘I travel to experience beauty, and I photograph to capture it’. Photography is a way of experiencing a place in a whole different way. Exploring all the parts that you may not have noticed otherwise, discovering what exactly makes it interesting, or beautiful, or captivating, or whatever adjective you wish to use. It’s not always about the end result, it’s about the moment, the time spent walking a place you may have walked before, and looking at it differently, examining the shadows, and how this place, which is essentially static, can change with the seasons, time of day, the light.