Photography and the Art of Seeing the World

Sean P. Durham
8 min readMar 3, 2019

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lange

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Digital life has changed everything, including photography and how we take photos.

Everybody can take a photo, just pick up a plastic cased digi-machine and point and shoot. The results appear to be astounding, flabbergasting. For a while digital photography, it’s amazing capacity to balance the light and darkness, to tone the colours and pick up the smallest details of an object that caught our eye, made us all go nuts and buy some sort of digital camera.

Smartphone or DSLR or Mirrorless, take your choice and enjoy photographing the world as you see it.

The question is, are we really photographing the world as we see it?

Image: Sean P. Durham, Berlin, 2020

Do we take the time to get over the amazing technology and stop long enough to look at the object that caught our eye?

The world is full of techies, gear-freaks, and early adopters who seem to be hell bent on using the latest, bestest equipment that’s on offer. They swear blind that their camera, the latest technology, is what…



Sean P. Durham

Berlin Notes — Creative Writing about art, Life, photography & cats.