How we Learn
Ralph Waldo Emerson emphasized the profound power of action and expression as essential components of learning and growth. With the aphorism "we learn by expressing, not by thinking," he challenges the traditional notion that wisdom solely resides in contemplation and theoretical analysis. This philosophy has particular resonance for photographers seeking to perfect their craft. While a solid understanding of photography's theoretical underpinnings is necessary, it is through the act of taking pictures and creatively experimenting that a photographer truly develops their talents and artistic voice.
To understand Emerson's concept in the context of photography, we must realize that thinking in this paradigm encompasses more than just technical knowledge. It also includes the internal dialogue – the doubts, insecurities, and self-criticism – that can paralyze photographers.