Camera Collision

Do you enjoy photography ?

In photography, there are all sorts of effects
produced from altering light.

One of the ways of creating effects is the use of a filter. Wikipedia excerpt from the entry ” photographic filter “:

Filters modify the images recorded.
Sometimes they are used to make
only subtle changes to images;
other times the image would simply not
be possible without them.

In monochrome photography colored filters
affect the relative brightness of different colors;
red lipstick may be rendered as anything
from almost white to almost black
with different filters.

Others change the color balance of images,
so that photographs under incandescent lighting
show colors as they are perceived,
rather than with a reddish tinge.

There are filters that distort the image in a desired way, diffusing an otherwise sharp image,
adding a starry effect, etc. …

The metaphor of the camera easily applies to describe perception, with the “light” of consciousness
passing through mental and emotional “filters”,
imprinting the “film” of awareness. 
(the aperture setting would be alertness,
to extend the metaphor)

Perceptual filters come from early life experience,
belief systems,
and training.

Some of the filters are in place consciously ( from training )
and some derive from unconscious origins ( most of the rest ).

The default mode
for most of us
most of the time
is to act as if what we see
is an accurate and complete
view of the world.

In other words,
we pretend the filters don’t exist.
Or if they do,
that they don’t matter.
At least,
in our own case.
So, we treat perception
as if it’s what’s actually going on.

Referring again to the above description: 
Filters modify the images recorded.
Sometimes they are used to make only subtle changes to images;
other times the image would simply not be possible without them.

The primary filter
which most of us are using
to look at the world
actually creates an image
that would simply not be possible
without the filter.

The primary filter is the self filter.

The image it creates is “me”.

Every place we look, “me” is in the viewfinder.

“Me” has been there as long as memory reaches.

No one else can see “me” in this camera,
but we are used to having “me” in every picture,
and have no idea what it would be like
to use a camera without a self filter.

Even the thought
of losing the self filter is jarring.

What would anything look like ?
How would things turn out ??
You don’t know what would happen !

We take very good care of our cameras.

One day, my camera was suddenly, forcefully struck.

The blow came from an oblique angle –
I never saw it coming!

! WHAM !

The camera went flying out of my hands.

!? WTF !?

Somewhat disoriented,
I quickly checked the camera
to see if everything was OK.

It wasn’t.

The self filter was missing !

Looking everywhere,
there was nothing seen,
nothing found.

Even checked under the recliner.

The self filter was gone,
so thoroughly gone
it was as if
it had never been there at all.

Hefting the camera felt lighter – a lot lighter.
Who knew cameras could feel this light ?

Everything appeared sharper, brighter, crisper, clearer.

The “me” image had also gone missing;
missing from front and center,
where it had always been.

Now there was just clear light,
such beautiful clear light streaming in.

No picture accompanied
by any sense of lack.

Always enough,
just enough.

Photography has been never been this good !

Thanks to Wikipedia for this reference.:

Camera pic origin:

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8 Responses to Camera Collision

  1. Great metaphor! Thanks so much.

  2. Beautiful apt analogy. Yes the filter is key. No filter is reality as it is. Self as it is. Vast still boundless. Thank you for this post. Lori ann

  3. Elizabeth W. says:

    I do like photography! This is very well put. Before the self filter here got a whack,, I noticed that I had no idea of why I saw something that wanted it’s picture taken. I just took the picture.
    That was a large clue…
    Thank you.

  4. skipperdad says:

    Very nice and much appreciated.

  5. msarb says:

    Terrific post! I love the analogy for the sheer simplicity of it – a great way to reach many people!

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