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Lions Roar : November 2016
PHOTOBYANDYKARR of the light and the fabric, you might get excited by that discovery and start thinking about the fabulous picture you are going to take. Then suddenly you are back in the conceptual realm. Now’s the time to practice discernment. Let go of the excitement and look further to determine the qualities of the perception. You might ask yourself, how much of your partner was included in the perception? Was their head included? How about the counter? Knowing the dimensions of the perception will help you determine the framing that will com- municate exactly what you’ve seen. Although it’s called discernment, this step is not particularly intellectual. It’s not a technical photographic analysis. You are not figuring anything out or evaluating things emotionally, nor are you reaching for your camera to capture anything. You are looking further at the perception to clarify what you see. 3. FORM THE EQUIVALENT OF THE PERCEPTION The third part of the practice of contem- plative photography is called “forming the equivalent,” a term that comes from the great photographer Alfred Stieglitz. A photograph and a perception are obviously different things, but your aim is to produce an image that is just the equivalent of what you see. You are not trying to make the photograph more interesting, more dramatic, or more anything. You’ve experienced a rich flash of perception of light and color, and you’ve discerned what is included in the per- ception and what is not. Now you make an image that replicates what you have seen. You don’t need to add anything to the perception to make the photograph good, because the perception already embodies the richness and beauty of your experience. When you faithfully form the equivalent of your perception, the image will be able to convey this rich- ness and beauty. ♦ Untitled-1 1 8/25/16 1:23 PM LION’S ROAR | NOVEMBER 2016 31