Anna Hergert, Art & Design

The Art of Seeing vs. Ways of Looking

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I am just back from my morning walk and cannot believe that it is only February 19th. The ice on the lake is melting (especially after last night’s rain). It was very slippery and I believe this might well have been my last time venturing out on the lake this winter. Large puddles of standing water and the fact that I can see right through the ice to the rocks beneath makes this an adventure I will leave to those much braver… like the ice fishermen who seem to be undaunted by the large puddles and slushy approach and don’t hesitate to drive their heavy 4×4 trucks onto the ice to get to their ice shacks.

Once again I caught myself taking pictures of the entire landscape presented to me, then zoomed in on what was closer to my immediate environment. I love to walk as this provides a great opportunity to reflect and contemplate. While I was analyzing my photography habit I was reminded of a book review I read yesterday. I signed up for the Open College of the Arts Newsletter a couple of months ago. Every week I receive an informative email with book reviews and special student features. Yesterday’s edition included a book review of “Ways of Looking” by Ossian Ward. Ward makes several excellent points with his TABULA method on how to approach an exhibition, especially when the subject matter may not be of immediate interest.

I could not help but compare this to the jurying and judging process I regularly engage in for both quilting and photography. TABULA stands for Time, Association, Background, Understand and Look Again. I encourage you to read through the review by one of the very knowledgeable tutors the Open College of the Arts. Here is the link once more. I have printed the review for future reference. I have almost memorized the points… If you have an exhibition on your weekend activity list maybe give the TABULA method a try.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

This entry was published on February 19, 2016 at 10:54 am. It’s filed under Art, Book Review, Exhibition, In the News, Journaling, Landscape photography, Motivational, Nature photography, Networking, staying in touch and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “The Art of Seeing vs. Ways of Looking

  1. Marilyn/Serafina on said:

    Thank you Anna, another great post, food for thought.

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