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Road To Seeing – Dan Winters

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  • Published on: October 5, 2015
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  • More than 5lbs of insight and guidance to help you develop your own photographic voice.

The definition of a Magnum Opus is “a large and important work of art, music, or literature, especially one regarded as the most important work of an artist or writer.” I can’t think of a better way to describe Dan Winters’ book “Road to Seeing.” At neary 700 pages and more than 5lbs, it certainly feels like a serious work and worthy of something called a Magnum. And while multitudes of Winters’ photographs have undeniable impact, this book may affect entire generations of future photographers.

 

And so you can imagine, it’s not a light read. And it’s not another “how-to” technical manual. In fact, I think Winters best describes the book’s direction on page 35, where he writes:

…regardless of the assignment, there’s always a great picture to be made … The great images are elusive. They do, however, become more apparaent when one is actively looking. This process speaks to the development of an internal dialogue. It is basically noticing that which you are noticing. This is a lifelong practice. One must become conscious of the patterns in his or her work and of the sensibility that forms as a result. These are the buildingblocks, which allow us to consciously develop a unique photographic voice. This practice transcends technique. Technique…plays an integral role. However, it should not be at the core of our work. Ours should be a pursuit of the soul.”

Yet it is easy to get into and the well-thought-out chapters are easy to digest in parts. No need to read it front-to-back without stopping or jumping around. There also are A LOT of images, both by Winters’ and others, that aptly illustrate his vision and his own “pursuit of the soul.”

If you are looking for inspiration and guidance on how to develop your own sense of photographic style or purpose, this book is a must-read. And if you’re still not sure, read David Hobby’s review here.

 

 

 

 

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