Camera Position 103 : The Importance of Exploration

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.

Venice, 2011 - Photograph by Jeff CurtoVenice, 2011 - Photograph by Jeff Curto

Both photographs: Venice, 2011, by Jeff Curto


2 thoughts on “Camera Position 103 : The Importance of Exploration”

  1. Great quote Jeff. As creative photographers perhaps we need less thinking- free the mind. A ‘ free exploring eye ‘ would help perception, quieten us from thoughts and concepts, free us from ‘ideas’ of what and how to see.


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