The Third Eye

The ‘Third Eye’ is a good gift to have.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it,

“The third eye (also known as the inner eye) is a mystical and esoteric concept referring to a speculative invisible eye which provides perception beyond ordinary sight.”

For most photographers, their camera, transforms into a third eye. When given a lens, they look beyond the picture — in their field of view, and see stories unfold in their frame. And just like that, an instant, becomes etched as a moment in time.

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The Korean- US Centennial Monument – Incheon, Korea

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.

Diane Arbus

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Lovers – Seoul, Korea

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.

Ansel Adams

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The Artist – Seoul, Korea

 Black and white is abstract; color is not.

Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world.

Joel Sternfeld

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School Girls – Meghalaya, India

 The photograph itself doesn’t interest me.

I want only to capture a minute part of reality.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

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The Seoul Wall – Seoul, Korea

A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.

Ansel Adams

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In the Frame – Assam, India

The photograph reverses the purpose of travel, which until now had been to encounter the strange and unfamiliar.

Marshall McLuhan

19 responses to “The Third Eye

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  2. The third eye. It is such a mystical concept. It is when we see what we beyond we see, and feel what we usually feel on a deeper level. The first half of your post reminded me of a song “Third Eye” by the band Florence and the Machine – a song that portrays a very similar vibe and meaning to these two words.

    And Marshall McLuhan! Such a great quote by him. Looking back at photos we’ve taken, we get to relieve our memories, relieve moments and relieve feelings. So many of us like to flip through things wihout stopping to take a closer look. We should, because that’s when we can see the finer things in life from a still shot that holds a thousand stories 🙂

    • Mabel, I like Florence and the Machine a lot. 🙂 Hadn’t heard this song, though (didn’t know of it), so I had to hear it before replying. Thanks for the suggestion!
      I’m not quite attracted to mysticism. Maybe, it’s my inability to explain that inspired this post. 🙂 I did like Marshal McLuhan’s quote. It’s a catch-22 situation. If you see where you heading, it kills the purpose of discovering something new! kills adventure. 🙂 And yet, in this day and age, it’s hard to overcome the urge to read blogs or travel accounts before travelling. 🙂

      • Catch-22. Really like how you describe McLuhan’s words. Very apt. If you can’t see where you’re heading, you’re also not all that prepared. Hard to win either way 🙂 There is so much to discover out there on the internet. But nothing beats something by experiencing it real life 🙂

      • I read the book catch-22 midway couple of years back. I hope I can complete it. 🙂 I agree, nothing beats experiencing the real thing. We try to keep trails in mind and often wander away. 🙂

  3. Hmm. I’ve never equated the “third eye” with photography before, but I can see the connection. At least if you’re doing it creatively.

    • Haha! Dave, I’m not into mysticism. I don’t always think visually. When, I look at Basil’s photography, or at the work of other photographers, I’m always wondering: why couldn’t I have thought of that? That’s what triggered the whole third eye concept. Clearly, there’s something I’m missing. And I’m pretty perceptive.
      I’m in awe for photographers, especially Basil, who sees things (through his lens), I can’t. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Lex! It’s Basil’s camera work. This post, is my kind of ode to his photography. 🙂 We’re in love with the Seoul Wall. Hiked along Mt. Inwangsan yesterday. 🙂 The sky was gorgeous, yesterday!

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  5. Love the concept of The Third Eye that you brought into this interpretation of the theme. Very creative and I love the quotes as well Cheryl 🙂 xo

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