Seeing & Looking
"Compassion is a necessity, not a luxury." Dalai Lama
When I photograph someone, something deep inside says: Jim, this is a human being, make kindness and compassion your lens.
We see thousands of ads about the lens you need to make a portrait. We are invited to spend a lot on lighting, fashion for the model, and photo style. Yet, I believe something is missing: compassion. Painters understand this. Picasso painted Guernica, a masterpiece of compassion for Spanish Civil War victims. I learned from Jeffrey Stockbridge's portraits of heron addicts (Kensington Blues) that our lack of compassion comes from a failure to see others as human beings. For the six portraits here, I've only begun to try to see with more compassion. Thanks for looking! Jim
Photos and Writings by Jim Austin Jimages