we all see something different

I was on the phone today with a mom of a high school senior and we were laughing about the fact that her daughter and her favored completely different images. I hear it all the time – but if you go to a museum and stood by a painting for an hour, you’d hear a diversity of opinions too. Some that don’t get it, some that connect with it, some that like it a little.

The reality is that photography, like any art form, is subjective. Each person brings their unique lifelong experiences to their consciousness when viewing an image. And just the same, the photographer consciously, or subconsciously, bring their own experiences to the image when they click the shutter. It’s really quite remarkable when you think about.

When I look at this image, there are so many things that it represents to me. Youth, energy, and movement. Then I look closer and I see the shadow on the boardwalk and the tree branch in the background that mimics the boy’s shape. And then my eye starts going to the patterns and lines…