How important is exploration to the creative process? The great author John Steinbeck thought it was supremely important:
“This I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.”
Exploration of the world around us is an important part of photography. Steinbeck was talking about going out into the world and exploring, of course, but I think he was also talking about the freeing up of our minds to be open to new experiences.
Both photographs: Venice, 2011, by Jeff Curto