Julian Ray Photography

Watching Me Looking At Them

I’m working on several concurrent commercial projects right now and as a departure from all the fussing with furniture arranging, light positioning, wine glass spot removal, ratio calcs, editing, and TU work that goes into making a dining room table (or whatever) look like... whatever the client wants it to look like, I decided to do a long over due blog post on.... Looking and being watched.

It seems that everywhere I go in my wanderings, no matter how quiet the monastery, calm the street is, or tranquil the path may be, I am never truly alone. When I get back from a location’s work and go over the day’s images, there they are.

Here are a few images of the watchers, often wary, sometimes sleepily or playful but always keeping an eye on me as I look at them.

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“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.”
― Albert Einstein

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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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“A picture can express a universal humanism, or simply reveal a delicate and poignant truth by exposing a slice of life that might otherwise pass unnoticed.”
― Steve McCurry

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“I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at - not copy it.”
― Georgia O'Keeffe

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“Sometimes I enjoy just photographing the surface because I think it can be as revealing as going to the heart of the matter.”
― Annie Leibovitz

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“Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.”
― Vincent Van Gogh

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“What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.”
― Helen Keller

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“I often lay on that bench looking up into the tree, past the trunk and up into the branches. It was particularly fine at night with the stars above the tree.”
― Georgia O'Keeffe

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“I’ve never looked through a keyhole without finding someone was looking back.”
― Judy Garland

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“Like the people you shoot and let them know it.”
― Robert Capa

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“The camera makes you forget you're there. It's not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.”
― Annie Leibovitz

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“Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.”
― Alan Watts

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“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.”
― H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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“Every image is in some way a “portrait,” not in the way that it would reproduce the traits of a person, but in that it pulls and draws (this is the semantic and etymological sense of the word), in that it extracts something, an intimacy, a force.”
― Sally Mann

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“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not?”
― Pablo Picasso

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“One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”
― Henry Miller

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“If you aren't in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.”
― Jim Carrey

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“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”
― Dr. Seuss

A quick shoutout to our new Gear Partners ADORAMA!
When I got to get it, they got it and get it to me.
Always!


I look forward to seeing you out there.

Julian Ray
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