Profound and powerful idea

I was on the train talking to this British woman. She had just visited Belgium to set up an exhibition at the FotoMuseum in Antwerp and told me she had been a photojournalist and university teacher. She had been working very hard over the last couple of years to give shape to this photographic project about the Arab Spring. We discussed the techniques they applied, and she told me how they were using laser beams just to align the wall decoratings. “You need quite some eye for details”, I blurted. She laughed. And also, we talked about Mouammar Gaddafi and his dubious political career. About the power of social media which made the famous pictures go viral and around the world. A picture tells a thousand word and pictures just engage. We had a very good conversation about modern values too. But there was one thing that really sticked with me. She told me how she had been asking her friends what they were seeing through pictures. Because, she told me, that really shows what people value, i.e. what they see through the lenses of their eyes. And it’s true, that’s how you really get to know someone. Let someone tell you what they are seeing. It will bring out their love, desire, ambition, hope, concord, enthusiasm, drive whatever you want to call it. That’s inside out instead of outside in. I found that to be a very profound and powerful idea.

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