The Need for Openness

WHEN I WAS PROBABLY NO MORE THAN 15 YEARS OLD, I was told I had a good eye. I took it as the compliment it was intended to be. But metaphors are problematic, as they can mean different things to different people. They are imprecise at best, and “you have a great eye” makes it sound like something I was born with, as if the way I see the world is nothing more than an accident of genetics. Lucky me. But as I’ve said before, we don’t see with the eye. Rather, we do not see only with the eye. The eye is not remotely where the magic of seeing happens. That place is in the brain. And the best photographs in the world can be credited no more to the eye of the photographer than they can be credited to the brand of camera in their ...

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