The existence of a thing that we call ‘self’ has been discussed, investigated and argued about for more than two millennium. Philosophers, Buddhists, Christians, psychologists and biologists all have shared their thoughts and theories.
What the ‘self’ is and how an understanding of its influence can support us has recently begun to intrigue me. I am interested not only in the views of those aforementioned specialists but also how I can use photography as a tool for self enquiry (pun intended!).
Photography and the self
It seems pertinent and practical to use an artistic process, in this case photography, to relate my inner world to the outer – using all those visual tools to communicate thoughts, ideas, feelings, concepts and sensations. As Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “A balance must be established between two worlds – the one inside us and the one outside of us. As a result of a constant reciprocal process, both these worlds come to form a single one. And it is this world we must communicate.” H. Cartier-Bresson ‘The Decisive Moment’ 1952
Right now, in this moment, I know that patience is required. Whilst I’m living through this challenging period I shall content myself with reading, research and photographic investigation that resonates – when I am able. I will blog about progress and in time hopefully develop some meaningful content that others can relate to and use.
The photo is from my hospital window and inspires feelings of positivity.