"For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice." - T.S. Eliot
As I write this on New Year’s Eve, I have yet to decide whether I will continue the Measuring Life in Photographs project next year. In an interview in 2012, I was asked why I see the world differently through a camera. I had said, then:
How differently do you see the world through the lens of a camera?
In The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton discusses the process of drawing while traveling. He remarks that drawing enables the traveler to see: to squint, to scrutinize, to look in a way that transcends the fleeting glimpse. Photography plays a similarly enabling role in my own life, even though it is more instantaneous than the process of drawing. I look through the viewfinder searching for beauty… or for surprise, incongruence, contradiction, conflict. The camera reminds me to look — to really look.