Seeing With New Eyes

Serious amateur and professionals photographers will always tell you that as their photography skills grew, they began to see things with “new eyes.”  They began to notice things that they had never noticed before and that most people take for granted and never take note of.

Apartment Door

Apartment door, driven by almost everyday.

I’ve probably driven by this door literally hundreds of times in the last 25 years, yet just noticed it for the first time a few weeks ago.  Granted I was driving, and to my credit I can say I was watching the road.  In addition, it is set back slightly from the street.  But, I pride myself on being pretty observant of these commonplace things that most don’t notice, so I was astounded that I had missed it all these years.

A few weeks prior to seeing the apartment door, I saw this scene:


A treehouse behind the apartments.

This was a little less obvious and in fact is invisible today as the light spring foliage has now filled out and obscured the treehouse, but it is behind the apartment whose door is shown above.  Even with “new eyes” I’m sometimes amazed at the things that pop out of obscurity when you take the time to notice the commonplace, everyday objects that are there right in front of us!

Does anyone in the Mentor, OH area recognize these 2 photos?  I bet you have driven by them many times too!

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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2 Responses to Seeing With New Eyes

  1. mark edwards says:

    I can’t recognize this door. I’m sure I have past by it several times myself. It would be embarrasing If I actually walked through it. Ha HA! I don’t think I have though.


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