B.E.S.T. Visual Art Series - Photographer Lance Lewin - Visualization: the Art of Seeing
Lance A. Lewin skills and visual perspectives come from a richly filled combination of studying the pioneers of photography in the mid to late 19th Century (like Julia Margaret Cameron and the partnership of David Hill & Robert Adamson, and Eugene Atget, for three examples) and masters of the 20th century, (including Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray, Ansel Adams, August Sander and many more). Just as important, Lewin enjoys learning how to use light and composition from painters like Johannes Vermeer, Claude Monet, for example. Most important to Lewin is learning how these pioneers of visual art "see" in pursuit of developing his own perspectives: avoiding visual clichés, Lewin works hard to present new and sometimes unexpected perspectives of otherwise well-known landscapes. Though Lewin's work is not deemed as "Straight Photography", it is his intentions to present a canvas that evokes a sense of space and authenticity, whether viewing Lewin's landscape, or alternatively, abstract compositions.
The art of "seeing" is based on what Lewin refers to as the process of visualization: it lies in our ability to slow down, step back and retrace steps. Turning to, and elaborating on the old trope, "Stop and smell the roses", being cognizant of our surroundings by slowing down to experience the sensations that infiltrate our space we normally don't notice in our hurried pace. Experiencing more of the environment by opening all our senses: to see, hear, smell, and taste a wider sampling, stoop low and see what the insects see, or pull back and glee at the grandeur of a majestic landscape. Though the fundamentals of this process is to inspire engaging compositions from artists', it can also intensely enhance our involvement in the "now". Fully experiencing the event in our present space and time is the essence of life. Capturing these moments as a photographic image is only a tool to help us in recall, and as such, should only serve as a supplemental to, and not a replacement for experiencing life in the present.
Lance A. Lewin - 2017