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Curious Frame - Issue #6 Photography is a Reflection

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Curious Frame - Issue #6 Photography is a Reflection
By Leanne Staples • Issue #6 • View online
It’s Wednesday again and I wonder how the days and even the year seems to have flown by so quickly? It’s a good time of year to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going, all while living in a world where everything is rapidly changing.

It’s a good time to do some slow viewing of photos. To see where we’ve been, where we are and to imagine where we are possibly going. That is true both as individuals as well as to gain a view of the state of the world outside ourselves.

Hence, the theme of this issue is about how Photography is a Reflection. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the US and it was intended as a time of reflection and to also give thanks. So you don’t need to be an American to reflect on things and to give thanks.

I thank you for following me on this journey of discovery. There are a number of topics that crisscross, they overlap. A number of readers have anticipated some of the upcoming topics as well.

Introducing Photography Is. It is an eleven part series of brief texts with a photo. Basic nonfiction prose language in English often does not allow for nuance. It is often better suited for science and things which can be stated in black and white.

This series is intuitive rather than intellectual. It is closer to poetry and perhaps a more suitable method of reflecting on photography. When a photo is successful, it draws us into it to ponder it’s meaning, just like in poetry. Art always falls in a gray area and invites the viewer to see their own story as if looking into a mirror.

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Reader's comments
Thanks so much for your many comments. One reader commented on Issue 4 about The Age of Narcissism:
There was a time when being caught admiring yourself was cause for embarrassment; you were peeped during a private moment. Now you see people holding a phone with the camera inverted and held like a mirror, oblivious to everything and everyone around them.
Yes, I do recall those days. It is interesting to see how we as a culture have changed in large part as a result of digital photography and social media.
Your comments are always welcome. It is my goal to create a dialogue about what photography means to us as a culture both in viewing and taking photos.
Photography is a Reflection
Street of Gold, New York City, July 2012
Street of Gold, New York City, July 2012
Photography is a reflection of life and the world that we live in. It is a small piece of the larger whole. It is an opportunity to stop and examine those things that we may overlook in our hurried lives.

You could say that I’m rather obsessed with photographing reflections of all kinds. The same is true of reflecting on what photography is and how it affects us. Even the word reflection gives us much to reflect upon.

To reflect literally means, to turn back. You could say that is akin to looking behind ourselves. Perhaps it is like having a rear view mirror to be able to actually catch a glimpse of that which we are rarely given the option to view, as we are always looking forward.
Autumn Sonata, New York City, November 2012
Autumn Sonata, New York City, November 2012
If photography is already once removed from ‘reality,’ then perhaps reflection photography can be thought of as something almost magical. Sometimes reflection photos are even more appealing than the so-called ‘real’ thing. They are both real, are part of our reality.

To find and see reflections to photograph we already need to slow down and be more observant of our surroundings. It is rather easy to pass by reflections without realizing that they are there. Your reflections are different than mine. We are all unique and all of our reflections are valid. 
Man in Hat, New York City, October 2017
Man in Hat, New York City, October 2017
When we reflect on something we must stop and rewind to be able to delve into it. We need to look behind ourselves. Reflection leads to a form of understanding or standing under. 

The process of gaining an understanding what photography means starts by slowing down. When was the last time that you stopped to reflect on a photo? Has a photo changed your view of the world or yourself?
Photography Is - Part One
You can vote on that, New York City, November 2019
You can vote on that, New York City, November 2019
My favorite photos are not planned in advance.
They arrive without warning.
I know what I like.
I don’t know what will happen
I can’t predict the weather or the light.
Stay tuned for part two of this series.
Further viewing
I love books. I especially love art and photography books. The following video is with the Chinese photographer, RongRong. I discovered him through my favorite publisher of photography books, Gerhard Steidl.
RongRong’s story is very interesting. He met a woman who became his wife even though they didn’t speak the same language. They communicated through photography! Yes, photography is a language that crosses linguistic boundaries.
With books you can touch them and view them in the comfort of your home. You can gaze at a photo for as long as you like. If you would like to purchase some beautiful photography books, I highly suggest Steidl’s online store. The prices range from inexpensive to very expensive and he offers international shipping for free.
You can also purchase unique photo zines through That Other Space and my shop. As an independent artist your purchases are very much appreciated.
That Other Space Shop | Art, Etcetera
Artist Publications - Leanne Staples
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Walking Photo Tours & Street Photography Workshops in New York City
Artist, Photographer & Writer - Leanne Staples
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Leanne Staples

In a world that is overpopulated with images, Curious Frame is where I share my thoughts on photography. It is always about ‘seeing with new eyes’.

I’m Leanne Staples, a photographer, artist, and writer living in New York City. Street photography and lens-based art are my passions, and Curious Frame is where I’ll be sharing my thoughts on these passions.

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