Julian Ray Photography

Industrial Light

Of late I’ve been putting so much energy into work that I’ve not had much left for life.

It is just the nature of being very dedicated to the client and all the intangibles that embodies.

This is nothing new for me and I have to from time be reminded to re-learn some sort of balance.

One of the areas I’ve neglected is this blog.

So today’s post hopefully will go a slight way towards rediscovering that balance.

Recently I was talking to school teacher about….. yes you guessed it, photography. They had approached me about the possibility of me coming into the school and teaching photography to some kids once in a while.

This teacher is with a very prestigious British institution of higher learning, very educated, and NOT a photographer. They love the kids and are totally dedicated to their profession…. teaching middle school children. I am the crazy artist. The photographer that could help the kids learn how to “work the cameras”.

As we talked about the concept, where the children had been, equipment, and what they liked to shoot it dawned on me that the teacher and I where talking about two different things. The teacher was focused on kit, format, pedagogy, and quantification. I was banging on about light and feeling. At one point I asked ‘What do the kids like to do?’ It did not seem that the teacher was able to hear or understand my question so focused on method that this concept flew right past.

I used some of the images from this blog post to try and help this teacher understand that photography is NOT about the kit but rather it’s about the eye.

These images are from an industrial shoot I did recently. After all the ‘must get shots’ had been bagged I spent a few hours playing, exploring, feeling, touching, and looking at the light, lines, shadows, and form of these pipes, valves, knobs, and machinery from this water purification plant.

As always the colours and textures are what seduced me.

This post may strike some as departure from my usual subjects. And though the subject may be a bit different the core is the same. Looking.

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"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
—Marcel Proust

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“A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.”
—Brigitte Bardot

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“Swing is always an act of courage.”
—Marty Rubin

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“Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing.”
—Bill Cosby

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“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
—Jonathan Swift

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“Seeing is more than a physiological phenomenon... We see not only with our eyes but with all that we are and all that our culture is.”
—Dorothea Lange

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“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen, and thinking what nobody has thought.”
—Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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“What is art but a way of seeing?”
—Saul Bellow

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“True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.”
—Jean Cocteau

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“All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.”
—Ernest Hemingway

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“Learning and seeing are more important than education.”
—Sten Nadolny

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“The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.”
—William Osler

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“When I go to an art gallery and stand in front of a painting, I don't want someone telling me what I should be seeing or thinking; I want to feel whatever I feel, see whatever I see, and figure out what I figure out.”
—James Frey

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نحن نرى مانريد أن نرى ، وليس ما يمكن أن يُرى
تركي الحمد, الشميسي

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“Sometimes seeing everything just gets in the way.”
― Chris Lynch

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“Eyes sense what mind sees.”
― Toba Beta

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“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
― Confucius

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“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. ... In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”
― John Lubbock

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“Almost nothing need be said when you have eyes.”
― Tarjei Vesaas


I look forward to seeing you out there….

Thank you,

Julian Ray
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