Watching Me Looking At Them

I’m working on several concurrent commercial projects right now and as a departure from all the fussing with furniture arranging, light positioning, wine glass spot removal, ratio calcs, editing, and TU work that goes into making a dining room table (or whatever) look like... whatever the client wants it to look like, I decided to do a long over due blog post on.... Looking and being watched.

It seems that everywhere I go in my wanderings, no matter how quiet the monastery, calm the street is, or tranquil the path may be, I am never truly alone. When I get back from a location’s work and go over the day’s images, there they are.

Here are a few images of the watchers, often wary, sometimes sleepily or playful but always keeping an eye on me as I look at them.

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“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.”
― Albert Einstein

“A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.”
― Brigitte Bardot

“A picture can express a universal humanism, or simply reveal a delicate and poignant truth by exposing a slice of life that might otherwise pass unnoticed.”
― Steve McCurry

“I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at - not copy it.”
― Georgia O'Keeffe

“Sometimes I enjoy just photographing the surface because I think it can be as revealing as going to the heart of the matter.”
― Annie Leibovitz

“Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.”
― Vincent Van Gogh

“What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.”
― Helen Keller

“I often lay on that bench looking up into the tree, past the trunk and up into the branches. It was particularly fine at night with the stars above the tree.”
― Georgia O'Keeffe

“I’ve never looked through a keyhole without finding someone was looking back.”
― Judy Garland

“Like the people you shoot and let them know it.”
― Robert Capa

“The camera makes you forget you're there. It's not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.”
― Annie Leibovitz

“Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.”
― Alan Watts

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.”
― H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Every image is in some way a “portrait,” not in the way that it would reproduce the traits of a person, but in that it pulls and draws (this is the semantic and etymological sense of the word), in that it extracts something, an intimacy, a force.”
― Sally Mann

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not?”
― Pablo Picasso

“One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”
― Henry Miller

“If you aren't in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.”
― Jim Carrey

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”
― Dr. Seuss

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I look forward to seeing you out there.

Julian Ray

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