Attention to details and the patience to observe
Posted on 8 Sep ’08 by Earl
This past weekend I took a walk in one of the local parks I often frequent and while strolling down the wooded nature trail I was keening aware of an abundance of spider webs. I truly hate it when one falls across my face or in my hair but they’re often hard to avoid.
It finally dawned on me that perhaps what was initially seen as an aggravation was actually an opportunity. Paying a little more attention I found a web that was occupied by the little fellow above.
A fair bit of breeze made trying to focus on this guy swinging on his web a real exercise, only solved through manual focus and setting the camera to shoot on continuos high.
I find spiders to be masters of patience and detail. They pick appropriate spots and build fantastic webs which are strong yet flexible. The anchor points for the span of these webs often seem impossible and great patience is exhibited waiting for the work to pay off. Any damage to the web is quickly repair or rebuilt
âIn photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.â – Henri Cartier-Bresson
âPatience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow – that is patience.â – Anonymous
Patience to observe and attention to detail, definitely two attributes that apply to success in photography and most other endeavors.
Our modern daily lives require us to process so much information so quickly that often we don’t have time or even experience with either of these. I know I struggle with it. Photography allows me to spend time developing both.