That was my thought when I heard Paul Caponigro discussing his feelings and attitudes about photography. Click here (The Online Photographer) to watch a short interview in which Caponigro says
- In order to be a good photographer you need to work more on your emotions than you do on your technique.
- He uses a lovely phrase which often describes a practice of very skilled mediators: stance of silence.
- I like surprises.
- I don't want to repeat a formula over and over again. I want to be free enough to see every day with fresh eyes.
- We don’t have enough words for photography. Can you imagine writers having only one word for writing? [Or mediators having only one word for mediation?]
- We are the strongest filter we can place on the lens. We always point the lens both outward and inward.
- It’s important that we regularly reconsider, revise, and expand our practices, as our capabilities and needs evolve, both to strengthen our understanding of them and to promote our awareness of new practices and their conscientious uses.
- Photographs are never records of the way things are; they’re records of the way things were.
- A photograph is an invitation to look – and to look at looking.
I hope that my blog post above is an echo of one I posted a few days ago about the reflective perspective of mediation and moving past technique-driven dispute resolution. These important processes—reflecting, and advancing beyond the level of technique—apply to any art, not just photography or mediation, don't they?