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Casey N.

Creative Investigation
As a person with sight, I use my eyes every single day to see the world around me, but it
is more than just seeing, I use my eyes to decipher the world around me. There is more to sight
than simply viewing your surroundings. Sight gives us the ability to see facial expressions and
body language, allowing us to interpret what others are feeling and make decisions based on
those interpretations. Sight can also invoke an emotional response from us depending on what
we are looking at. Seeing a beautiful sunset can make us feel joy whereas seeing a shark might
make us feel terrified. As a professional photographer I use my camera to not only see through as
I take photographs but to capture important moments, memories, emotions, and create metaphors
for life. Seeing a simple photograph can create emotions as well as insight into what is being
viewed. Through the use of photography, I can show people something that they might have not
seen before or something that they might not have seen from that particular perspective.
Key Points
To see through a camera is to observe the world around you. In the 2009’s, “Observation
in Learning to Teach: Forms of “Seeing” the authors define observation as the ability to perceive
and have an awareness of a particular situation, leading them to an appropriate course of action.
They also note that interpretation of a situation will vary greatly depending on the individual due
to their differing knowledge, experiences, and theories (2009). This is very true with
photography. Depending on the photographers unique individual style the photographs of a
single event can be vastly different from another photographers photos of the same event. This
can lead to missed opportunities, contrasting perspectives and interpretations, and different
In Bigman’s 2014 article he discusses how photographs can convey a multitude of
metaphors depending on the photographs specific attributes. Photographers can often set up or
crop a scene to depict certain images and events. This allows the photographer to create an
emotion or particular response from the viewer. Bigman uses an example of a person looking out
at a sunset to convey the idea “The horizon is the future.” Bigman shows many examples of
photographs as metaphors that are often used in advertisement and design work. Cameras can be
used to manipulate what we see or accurately document what we see. These images can impact
us psychologically and how we view the world.
Berg (2017) expands on this psychological impact by comparing a camera to the human
eye. He expresses how having a good glass lens and better sensors in your camera can help with
the quality of a photograph but first a photographer should develop their eye, their unique view
of the world. He calls this development, “Attentional Aperture.” Berg advises to develop the eye
and Attentional Aperture an individual should be mindful of their surroundings and make a
conscious choice about what to give attention to (2017). He also gives three steps to help develop
Attentional Aperture; walk, notice, and play. Walking can encourage an individual to be more
present in their surroundings. Notice can create an awareness of those surrounding. And play
encourages the individual to take photographs of their surrounds in creative ways, forcing them
to see their surroundings in a new way. These three steps can also be used to help develop
Personal Reflection
I chose a camera as the object in which to express seeing because as a photographer, it is
a very meaningful object to me but also because I find that I observe the world in a more
sophisticated manner when I have my camera. I am also more aware of the world around me
when I am engaging with my camera. I see the world more distinctly when I am photographing. I
notice things that I would not notice if I were simply walking by or participating in an event as
an audience member. Because of this awareness I am able to make wiser, conscious decisions
about the photographs that I take. I am capable of choosing how I want to represent what I am
seeing through the camera. Seeing through cameras are a way for people to concentrate and
focus on the world around them. They can make interpretations and represent what their seeing
through photographs which allows them to share those interpretations and experiences with
Berg, G. March 1, 2017. How to develop the art of seeing through mindful photography. Digital
Photo Mentor. Retrieved from https://www.digitalphotomentor.com/develop-art-seeing-
Bigman, A. 2014. A guide to using photography as metaphor in graphic design. 99designs.
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Orland-Barak, L., Leshem, S. 2009. Observation in learning to teach: Forms of “seeing”.
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