Module 8: Mental Model & Creativity

0 Posted by - June 17, 2014 - Courses, Photography Appreciation
Edward Burtynsky, Near San Felipe, Baja, Mexico, 2011 © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy

Edward Burtynsky, Near San Felipe, Baja, Mexico, 2011 © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy

So far in this course we have been studying the nature and language of photography. We’ve explored the particular genius of photography, and how it “changes everything.” And we’ve examined the language of photography in terms of photographic technique, the frame, light, elements of design, and composition. Now we turn our attention to perhaps the most important — and most overlooked — aspect of photography: the photographer’s mental model.

Your Mental Model is your idea of what makes a good photograph – what excites you visually and narratively. When you see something that makes you pull out your camera, that is your mental model at work.

Your mental model is a product of your individual background and experiences, which shape your perceptions and decisions. This is very powerful. It is your unique vision of the world, and the basis for your particular creative contribution.

In this way, your photographs are the sum of who you are at a given moment.

But our mental model is also a filter, and can be a barrier to creativity. It prompts us to notice certain things, but it also dictates all the things we fail to notice. Have you taken multiple photographs of sunsets, flowers, or dogs? What aren’t you photographing? What are you missing?

Master photographers are very aware of their mental model and work to continuously expand their vision.

So your goal in this module is to examine your mental model to see differently, more expansively and more creatively.

You’re going to read and watch videos that should prompt you to think and see differently. Then in your creative practice you are going to challenge your mental model and expand your creative vision.

Question: How do you see the world? What do you notice? What might you be missing? Please respond in the comments below.

Module Content

With these concepts and ideas in mind please read and view the following:

The Photographer’s Vision, pp. 126 – 136; and

Uncommon Genius: Stephen Jay Gould On Why Connections Are The Key to Creativity (Brain Pickings). This post from the Brain Pickings blog introduces and outlines how creativity is about making unique connections and combinations. And as we’ve studied, that is the heart of composing an effective photograph.

Also, watch the documentary I AM by filmmaker Tom Shadyac (Available streaming on Netflix and Amazon), and

Edward Burtynsky on Photographing Man’s Impact on the Landscape (TED).

Featured Photographer: Cig Harvey

Cig Harvey, Weathervane, 2010 © Cig Harvey, courtesy of Kopeikin Gallery

Cig Harvey, Weathervane, 2010 © Cig Harvey, courtesy of Kopeikin Gallery

Contemporary photographer Cig Harvey is known for her use of self-portrait to create surrealistic scenes of the commonplace. The minimalist compositions feel vaguely familiar and are intended to communicate a sense of shared experience of every day life. Read an introduction and links about the photographer and her work here. As you view her work think about how it reflects her mental model and perspective of the world.


Read the Featured Photographer links and research photographs by Cig Harvey. Then find and add your favorite photograph by the photographer to the featured photographer collection. Write a photographic analysis of the photograph describing the photographer’s vision and style, and how it is different from your own. Use terms and concepts from the course in your analysis. Full Directions

Discussion Topics

The photographer’s mental model plays an important role in his or her creative vision. Photographers like Edward Burtinsky and Cig Harvey draw on and challenge their mental model to produce their work. In much the same way, the movie I AM asks us to consider our place in and contribution to the world.

There are two discussion topics in this module. For the first discussion post, consider Edward Burtynsky’s explanation of how his passion for communicating the impact of man on the natural landscape is the foundation of his photographic work. Explain how his mental model has been instrumental to his work. Also, identify and explain two design elements he uses in his work to present his ideas and impressions. Full Directions

For your second discussion post, explain how I AM got you to think about your own mental model and how you might use it and challenge it to produce your own creative contribution to the world? Full Directions

Creative Practice

In your creative practice I’d like you to produce two photographs. For the first photograph, take a photograph of subject matter you consider beautiful and/or interesting. Then for your second photograph challenge your mental model. Create a photograph of subject matter that you would have never considered for a photograph. It may be too ugly, profane, private, uninteresting, etc. Push yourself and take a good photograph of it. Use elements of design and principles of composition and make a good photograph of what you consider bad subject matter. Challenge yourself to see and think differently. Full Directions

Top Image: Sandy Skoglund, Fox Games, 1989  Copyright © Sandy Skoglund 
  • MacKenzie Kush

    I tend to see the world for it’s beauty a lot of the time. I think I overlook the ugly things of the world, and focus on the pretty, positive things. I notice the sunsets, the pretty flowers, the green grass, the happy people, while missing the dead tree, the sad child, or the cloudy sky.

  • Heather Torkelson

    I think that because I’m in a hurry all the time, I miss a lot of the world. I tend to notice the inconveniences like clocks, messes, traffic, etc. I notice that when taking pictures I will tend to focus on tangible ideas and items that portray a degree of normalcy.I think I miss a lot of things in the world simply because my mind is on a track in one direction and I don’t like to veer off because I feel like it will cause problems. It will be challenging for me to relax myself enough to abstractly grasp the world for the creative project.

  • Amy Sailer

    I tend to see the world in a hurry. There is always something going on that makes me not slow down and see the little things in life. I also tend to see things that are brighter and stand out more, instead of things that may be more hidden or blended in with their surroundings. It will be challenge for me to not focus just what stands out, but to also notice the little things that don’t stand out.

  • Ashlin Hake

    I tend to see the world in a hurry as well and sort of in a closed mindset, I only see the things I want to see, the things I find pretty or interesting. I am always on the go so the things I see and notice are usually through my car while i am driving. I miss out on a lot of things that other people may find pretty or interesting, I need to start viewing the world through other peoples eyes as well.Learn other people’s viewpoints in order to expand my creativity. I need to slow down and take it all in not just the things that usually stand out to me. I notice things that are ordinary and everyday things for me, flowers, cars, people, trees, I never take the time to stop and really notice things.

  • Tasha Toombs

    Since I am a very visual person, I think that helps me in the way that I see the world. I notice the obviously beautiful things like the sunset or the bluffs, but then i also notice random things, like if i’m at a park and there’s a pair of sneakers under a slide, i’ll see that and it’ll stick in my mind. Or if i’m at someone’s house and they have a unique picture on their wall, those are the types of things that stick out to me, This type of visual memory as I call it, can be very useful for when you or someone else lose something, but I still think I fail to notice things like the color of someone’s shirt or car parked on the side of the road. I don’t really see the world through a creative lens, just a straight-forward one.

  • Joe Rys

    I try to see the world with realistic optimism. I want to expect the best out of someone, but also be realistic on what to expect from that individual. I try to notice as many things around me as I can. I try to be very observant of nature and of things that don’t happen very often. The things I might be missing are most likely things that happen on a daily basis. Since they aren’t totally unique I might not give them as much attention, or care to spend as much time looking for them.

  • Lincoln Kirchoff

    As someone who values whole ideas, I try to see the world as a whole, rather than in individual pieces. I do not let the little details erode away at what I see to be a good thing. Because of this, I probably miss many of these smaller details as things that could be important. I am very visual learner, so it also helps for me to see examples of work that I am supposed to reproduce, as it helps me to grasp concepts.

  • Kinsey Mace

    I am a person who loves to keep busy and active. So, when looking at the world I would say I focus on more of the business of it and all the activity. I love watching things that are in movement, and because of this miss smaller details on things as I like to look at the whole/bigger picture.

  • Jon-Michael Brandt

    I notice a lot of nature details. Such as the the bluffs and river and everything involved with it. I often say something like “Look at how great that looks” and people then return my comment with an odd look. I often realize that I do not notice what people say all the time, because I am busy looking at things all the time.

  • Nicole Freid

    I am always running around doing something, which I am sure causes me to miss a lot of things. But the things that I do notice are usually the unusual things, the things you don’t see everyday. Or the pretty things that catch my eye because I am too busy to look for the details in things. I wish I saw more of details in the world around me.

  • Danielle Evert

    When I look at the world, I tend to look at the details of a specific object that I often forget to look at the whole picture. It is funny to think that I can pick something out of a field for instance to see the beauty in one flower, and yet I forget to look at the whole field. I often see beauty in nature and unique objects, and overlook the beauty that is man-made and common. Even thought things are seen all of the time, I need to challenge myself to look at the beauty that is all around us.

  • Shannon Grossman

    I tend to see the small things in the world that most people miss. I focus on the little things that often don’t mean anything. When I take pictures though, it’s usually of my dogs, my nephew, a view, or something like a pretty flower. I would challenge myself to take pictures of more larger events or big picture scenes.

  • Ryan Emanuelson

    I see the world as a big picture type of thing. I am always looking to find the finished product in the world. I want to find out the results. I notice things that are making changes and accomplishments that are made. The things that I miss are the little things. I get so caught up trying to get to the goal that I forget about the process and that is what the world is all about. I try to take my time to notice the small things of the world, but sometimes I am just too focused on the larger view. I realize that I need to do my best to pay attention to the small things just as importantly as the larger things so I don’t continue to miss out on things in our world.

  • Bailey

    When I look at the world I see it in an overall positive
    way. I tend to feel that the world in general is good and that most things in it
    tend to be the same. I tend to notice the beauty in nature but more often than
    not tend to miss the beauty in man-made items and structures.

  • Jessica Dorman

    Well I am a positive person so I tend to stop and just
    look at all the colors that play off the lake by our house and I love to sit out
    in the rain and watch the clouds play over the sky. I definitely stop and see
    the little things in life and miss the big picture. I definitely miss the
    beauty of man made structures – give me a trail and some trees any day! My
    pictures reflect that I feel because I take a lot of little animals that I find
    on my hikes and not really a whole lot of architecture or big finished
    products. I should start challenging myself to look at architecture and urban
    landscapes and finding the beauty in them.

  • Brian Osowski

    Sadly because I am so busy I tend to see the world as a blur. Everything in my life tends to be about getting from point A to point B in the quickest time possible. Most of the time I notice things that impede me getting things done as quick as I would like. Traffic, road construction, trains and other things that slow me down are most of what I see. On the rare times that I can take the scenic route and slow down I am amazed at what I am missing. There is some beautiful scenery all around like bluffs, streams, wildlife, and buildings that are there waiting to be seen. It always serves as a reminder to try to take time whenever possible to slow down and see what is truly going on in the world around me.

  • Megan Rudie

    I agree with what Brian said earlier. Everything is point A to point B for me. Luckily enough, when I went to Italy, I saw the world through a different pair of eyes. One of the first nights I was there, my roommate and I walked around with our cameras and took pictures of anything and everything. I wish I was able to do this back home. There I took everything in, while here I’m so used to everything that I don’t see the beauty in it. I notice people and anything around water. I love water and always seem to be snapping a picture of it. I think I need to start looking at the little things. I’m missing everything besides people and water. I think I miss a lot of nature and architecture in the United States.

  • Katie Elberson

    I too tend to just go through the motion of things. Life tends to be so chaotic between work, school, friends, and family, that we forget to stop and look at the beauty of the world around us. I think I am a fairly realistic person. I think I see people for who they are, whether good or bad. But again, that is all perception. I tend to notice people and how they interact with one another. I just recently left my job at Target, but one of my favorite things to do to pass the time while at work was people watching. I find it interesting to look at what people are wearing, if they are alone or with company, anything about them really. From this I like to see how well I can read that specific person. It may some shallow or immature, but it usually isn’t something that is supposed to be taken negatively. I just like to see what kind of person I think they are based on how I perceive them. Because this is all done completely subjective to my mind, I know I miss things. Like I could be basing a judgement on someone who could be having the worst day of their life, and my perception of them could be invalid and false. Again, I don’t do this to pass judgement or make assumptions- it usually is just meant for my own entertainment for my shift and chances are I forget 9 out of the 10 people that approach me in a given day.

  • Victoria Langhans

    This is very interesting to read. Looking back on all of the pictures
    I’ve taken, the mindset throughout those moments, and so on, I’ve been
    completely closed minded. I’ve never really gone out of my comfort zone
    in terms of photography. To me, the world is a never ending circle of
    life. To think, I’ve been on several vacations, international trips,
    explorations and I’ve still not seen even 1/10th of the world. There’s
    so much more out there that we are unaware of, closed off from, etc.
    I’ve created a routine for myself, rushing through life, always looking
    forward to something the next day, next month or next year. I’ve
    realized I need to slow down and enjoy the “now” in life. I’m missing
    out on so many of the opportunities right in front of me without even

  • Trevor Lucking

    This is a very interesting subject to try and think about. It’s hard to pinpoint what attracts me unless I see it. But like Megan said we don’t notice beautiful things around where we live because we have been here so long that they are now just ordinary things we see all the time. But when I leave home I’m always so interested in architecture. I’m not a huge fan of taking pictures of nature unless they are one of two things. Either they are large and in charge like a cliff or very big tree or they are organized such as a row of planted trees. I more like to get out and take different angle pictures of unique architecture.

  • Jackson Collins

    Lately, I’ve been trying to take my time in noticing things in my environment. Thanks to iPhones and social media, it’s so simple now to take photos of an amazing scene and save it for a lifetime. I think with these new inventions, it makes me at least take time when I;m looking at something and notice it for what it truly is. With this however, these photos are not representative of my emotions at that moment, they are just pretty pictures that I see. I don’t set up a photo with a certain emotion, i just take it. That’s what’s missing I think, but with practice I think I can try to set up pretty phots with a certain emotion.

  • Patrick Allen Christner

    In my world seen the camera lens, I know personally I’ve had a history of taking photos of historic buildings and natural things of beauty such as mountains, rivers, etc. I think the way I could strive to be more creative is to show those subjects in a more unique way instead of taking more traditional photos. For example, Instead of taking a photo in default settings I now can slow the shutter speed and go for a more “silken” texture look. Or instead of taking a photo of a building straight on possibly changing my viewing angle or use a natural frame to attempt to get more detail…compared to a broad overview.

  • Jason Straub

    Everyone’s world is different. In my world I like taking pictures that no one else really see’s the beauty in. I like taking normal everyday things, and making them look attractive in a picture. I recently took a picture of a street sign and used the angle and the background for the frame to make it look cool. Lately, I think everyone has been looking at things in a pessimistic point of view. We don’t see the beauty in life anymore and we always point out the negative things we see. I think we need to start pointing out the more beautiful things to make out lives more positive and happy. A good way to do that is by taking pictures of the beautiful things, or the things we see as negative, and make them into a positive.

  • Patrick Kennedy

    I’ve always tried to
    keep an open mind about things around me. When I decided to go into the career
    field of criminal justice I made a decision to take things I see and hear and
    try to play devils advocate with myself. I want to question what and why things
    are considered the way they are by society. It’s important to see all points of
    view because sometimes the answer isn’t always what a common person thinks. You
    have to think out of the box sometimes to answer the questions you have about
    the world around you. On the other hand I never looked at the world in that
    way, as in I don’t think I ever looked at the “whole picture” with
    this kind of an open mind. I’ve never looked at an image that I thought was
    gross or profane and tried to make it just the opposite. I wonder now what kind
    of information I can gain or could have gained from things I’ve never even took
    the time to think about in a different way.

  • Jessica Holmberg

    As much as I hate to admit it, I think that I often miss out on the beautiful world around me. I am normally so busy going from place to place or on my phone to take a second to look up. On the contrary, because of my phone, I am able to capture things in my everyday life that I might have not been able to since I don’t carry around a camera. I love to take pictures that capture a moment and will serve as a memory. I love capturing pictures of all the wild animals that show up in my backyard or of my friends and family as we do something fun. Like a few other people mentioned, I also love to take notice to people. Whenever I’m at the mall, which is quite often, I like to stop for a coffee and take a few moments to watch all the different people go by. I think it’s fascinating to see how different people walk, talk, speak, and dress. Capturing people and different cultures would probably be my favorite subject matter to shoot.

  • Isaac Keller

    I believe that I see the world in a somewhat boring way. I think that I fail to see a lot of things that people find interesting and beautiful. Between school and work I do not have a lot of time to look at things and admire the beauty of different things. I feel like I only notice things that I want to notice such as things that interest me such as cars or nature. I am very interested in different cars and I spend a lot of my free time hunting so whenever I see things that relate to my interests they always seem to catch my eye. I feel like I could be missing out on a lot of things that other people focus on and admire.

  • Megan Robson

    Sadly I am one of those people who never stops and takes a
    step back to enjoy the world around me. With such a hectic schedule I feel I
    just never have the time to truly do so. I’m constantly worrying about my
    future instead of taking in the present, so I feel like I miss many things in
    life. I see the same things on a day-to-day basis and fail to look deeper into
    the meaning of thing and truly enjoy the natural beauty. To me the world is
    almost dull but that’s obviously because I fail too see the world in a way
    that’s different then mine. I’m sure that throughout my life I have missed so
    many things that could have made a difference. Most of us take for granted living
    in the United States, and I think that’s part of my issue. If I could just take
    a 10 extra seconds everyday to just enjoy the moment I’m living in, I think id
    see the world in a whole new way!

  • Nikita Fetter

    I feel like I see the world, a lot of the time, as very closed minded. I only see what is right in front of me and do not take the time to look past it. Unfortunately the only times I really look beyond my vision is when people tell me to do so. During these times is when I notice the little details in things and actually appreciate the little things. I feel like when I looked at the world like I usually do I miss the smaller beauty in things. I miss the true colors in flowers and houses, miss attributes that make people beautiful, and miss things that make the world more lively.

  • Tawonda Burks

    I see the world as one big beautiful place. The good, the bad and the ugly. Our visions of things varies. What one might think is beautiful, another person may think the opposite. I sometimes notices the small things while others notice the big and obvious. I’d notice the little beetle on a flower while others notice the flower itself. At times, I do tend to focus on the small things too much and miss the big picture.

  • Leah Youngblood

    I see the world as a place with many interesting and beautiful things, but I feel like I don’t slow down to visualize the little details of everything. I can usually see the whole picture but I don’t depict the little things and details. I sometimes am able to relax and slow down and that’s when I get to notice the details, which is relaxing and mind opening. Most of the time I think I’m missing the small details and I think I should begin to slow down to appreciate the little things and take it all in. There is so much to see and observe in the world and sometimes noticing the little details is the best part.

  • Nicole Remer

    I see the world as a place with many magical things to see. Most people overlook the beautiful details that the world has to offer. There are so many different ways to look at the world, because there are so many beautiful things we tend to ignore on a day to day basis. I, myself, try to notice the little things because I have overlooked things in the past that I regret.

  • Samantha Scholler

    I see the world as in a hurry. I don’t take the time to look
    around when I’m walking around campus, so I miss the hidden beautiful things
    that I could be passing by. Like most people, I take many pictures of sunsets,
    and the beautiful trees in the fall. I rend to notice the trees more in the
    fall and spring compared to in the summer or winter. The trees could have their
    own sort of beauty in the summer and winter, but nobody ever notices them
    because it isn’t their main focus.

  • Wycliff Onyango

    I see the world as a continuous revolving sphere which is so
    dynamic. The people around me are so diverse and they make the world to be more
    complex since they practice different cultures. The different climate in
    various geographical locations enables me see the world as a sophisticated
    place that require detail attention to understand. Human creativity through architecture
    and art makes the imaginative thought that are well design to exist as artificial

    What the world is missing I really don’t know since there is
    a lot we have not discover in this world. I think what the world might be
    missing is a stable order that prevent it from human distraction. The poaching
    of rare animals like white rhinos that may go extinct need to stop to prevent
    us from losing them.

  • Andrea Olson

    I see most of my inspiration for taking photographs from nature around us. It’s an easy photographic subject; it doesn’t move (for the most part), you can take different shots all the time, the seasons provide wonderful diversity. I notice the fine detail in stationary objects such as the texture of the rocks paving a path, the bark on an old tree, the rust collecting on the bottom of a fishing pier. I’m sure I’m missing many things, but the majority of it starts with things that are moving! I steer away from the challenge of photographing live people or animals because I feel like it involves more luck in their movement – it’s completely out of my hands.

  • Jonathan Moore

    I tend to be drawn to bright vibrant colors in nature and natural things that make a bold statement and grasp your attention. Things I may be missing are those small unique things that if only seen from a different perspective or in different light completely change what it is you are seeing and the meaning behind it.

  • Samantha Stetzer

    I like to utilize nature a lot in photographs because I think nature is huge in our daily lives. I love how nature can influence our emotions, and I love the feeling you can get by simply looking at a photo about nature. I think I could pay more attention to people, other than just nature, because people can tell you a lot in a photo I think if you combine people and nature, you can really make a strong emotional photo.

  • Kayla Severson

    How do you see the world? What do you notice? What might you be missing? I see the world as a beautiful but crazy mess. Theres always so much going on at one time and everyone is always in a rush to get everything done. Most people remember the big moments in their lives like graduating, getting married, becoming a parent, etc but many don’t think about the little things in life. I like to think that I base my Mental Model off the little moments in life. No one truly knows how big a moment can be and I try to document the ones that seem little because one day it could be a big moment of your life. My photography ranges from random pictures of family to silly pictures with friends to nature and sunsets. I notice the beauty of nature and those moments where you just have to stop and enjoy it. I’d rather look back at a photo and have a memory to smile at instead of having nothing because I missed it worrying about some test that wont matter five years from now. However, I tend to over examine things and this could cause me to miss other moments. I’m also guilty of rushing life. During stressful times I tend to focus on everything I have to get done and ignore everything else. This probably causes me to miss those little moments and that bothers me. At the same time there comes a point where I need to get my stuff done and on time.

  • Jessica McCoy

    I see the world as a beautiful place to explore with so many different stories behind each place. The world is such a large place and traveling allows for us to expand our knowledge and understand the true beauty. My mental model is based off of nature and photographs that use the beauty of scenery. One of my favorite times of the year to photograph is during the fall because of all the beauty behind the changing of the seasons. I tend to focus most of my photography on nature but not different places involved. I tend to miss out on photographing large buildings or landmarks that don’t involve some sort of trees or nature in them.

  • Tawonda Burks

    I see the world as being one big piece of art. Every single thing that exist in this world is unique and equally important. I tend to notice the small things in life like a bug on a flower, the ant walking on the sidewalk, the fly on the window, people’s facial expression, etc. There are also the obvious things in life as well that I might be missing. For example, something big could be standing right in my face and I miss it. Sometimes the obvious is not so obvious to others.

  • Stuart Schindler

    I see the world objectively and take things for exactly what they are. I see details when I want to and can be artistically creative when I need to but that is not how I typically see things. I notice things that are unexpected, out of place, or unusual simply because they are unique in some way. I suppose I might be missing some of the simple beauty in the world that requires more focus or a trained eye.

  • Kylynn Wolfe

    I see the world with a very literal eye. I struggle with creativity and exploring new
    boundaries because I like to work by the rules. This may lead to many missed opportunities for a unique photograph because I have never explored my creative side. I enjoy simplistic and calming scenes, and I find most of my inspiration from nature. My eye is most often drawn to a pop of color against a neutral background. I shy away from chaotic and messy photographs so I try and frame my photographs in a way where the subject does not seem over-crowded.

  • kacey brausen

    I see the world as a beautiful place that is made up of many different stories, objects, and places. These things make the world very unique and creative. When I look around I see the creativity in everything, I notice things most do not. I find inspiration in everything I look at, objects give me ideas or spark an interest. I might be missing the simple things in the world because I am too busy searching and focusing on the objects most look over.

  • Nicole Haedtke

    I feel as though I lean more towards looking for the beautiful but at times I also notice the ugly. I enjoy a really pretty simple scene. When it becomes too cluttered I don’t like that it is hard to find the subject. But in not enjoying looking at more complicated photos maybe I am missing out on beautiful works.

  • Alex Plank

    I have always been one to look for the beauty. I enjoy the simple pictures, the simple things in life. I am not a fan of pictures that are too complex, filled with too many things going on. I know that there certainly is a lot of ugly things in life, but I prefer to focus on the beauty, the simplicity. I do not like to be negative, or to feel negative, so I am always looking for positives in whatever I see, or experience.

  • Kylie Bridwell

    I have always looked toward the better side of life and enjoy what it has to offer. I haven’t really paid much attention to or emphasized the negatives and dark side that life creates. I don’t like seeing the negative views, but maybe I could see it a little more often and to help change other’s perspectives along with mine.

  • Pang Carter

    I try to see the good in all things and try to see things from everyones perspective. It doesn’t always seem to work all the time but for the most part I try to see the good in people and enjoy life as it happens not when it fits for me. I tell people to live in the moment and not only see what they want but notice the surroundings and enjoy the little things in life before their gone. I try to see the simple things in life and just be happy.

  • Samantha Schierman

    I enjoy any photograph that picture landscapes without man-made objects in the frame. I notice that the earth provides us many beautiful creations without human made objects to destroy the sights. I think that because I am biased toward pictures involving earth objects, I am missing out on what beautiful subject matters humans have captured in photography.

  • Clayton Fox

    I think in life we often overlook many details because we are constantly surrounded by so much stimuli. For example, I will be driving around my hometown and notice a sign that looks unfamiliar and I begin to wonder, has that been there all of these years? I think the same applies to photography. It is important to expand our mind and pay attention to all details no matter how small. I see the world and pay attention to things that interest me, which often causes many things to be overlooked. The small details are often things I miss. A good photographer should be aware of all their surroundings.

  • ejemen aimienwauu

    I try to see the beauty in our everyday
    life, I appreciate the beauty in our surroundings and I think that’s why I love
    landscape photography. I appreciate the simplicity in things and notice simple
    thing more than complex things. Everybody always likes to see the beauty in the
    world today, forgetting that there is more to this world than the pretty
    things. I am definitely missing the other things in the world that are not
    considered beautiful. That is why photography is such an amazing medium as it
    shows the different sides of the world.

  • Breanna Huening

    I love the beauty of nature in the everyday world around us. I love looking outside in the morning and seeing the morning sun. I live in a really rural area and I love looking out across the fields everyday on my way to work. I notice the birds and the different colors of the scenery around me. I am probably missing a lot of details in the world around us by just looking at the pretty scenery, which is why photography is important in the world today. It brings about new experiences and shows us the beauty we haven’t seen in the world yet.

  • Kayla Piltz

    My mental model has changed drastically over the past year. There was one point in my life I saw the negatives in everything. So I have been starting to see the beauty in the world. I like looking for the positives in the negative now-a-days even in my photography. I do miss the concept of how everything that we do has an impact on everything else, which I will try to start looking for that and living my life based on that idea. I do notice that there is beauty in the world and I am now being able to see it even more with the idea of photography opening up my world to the beauty in everything there is.

  • Bader Albalawi

    I see the world through landscapes, pictures of family members, pictures of my favorite food, and cars. I think I’m missing out on pictures that are outside my frame. For example, pictures of wild life, man made factories, and etc.

  • Hannah Herrera

    I see the world very literally. I dislike metaphors and hidden messages. I’m very sensitive to lines. I’m just drawn to them. I feel like I’m missing the creative aspect of being able to convey messages through art and metaphor.

  • Hannah McGlone

    I see the world very much as it is shown, rarely do I look for another meaning or another background. I take it as what is right in front of me. By seeing the world this way I miss out on a lot of amazing things, I could be seeing the world in a better light.

  • sydney croft

    I see the world literally, as it is shown. I don’t see the world through a different perspective as some people do. I notice what is in my face at the time, if its not right there in my face to see then I don’t realize its there. And I miss out on things that could be really beautiful, but I don’t see it.

  • Jade Spaulding

    I see the world as what is literally right in front of me. I feel like I am curious about a lot of things and therefore i notice more things. I especially notice people. Being a psychology major I like watching people’s ticks and seeing them in their natural behavior. I am probably missing the depth into what I am seeing. I feel like I understand people pretty well, but everything else I look at is just an object.

  • Amanda Boss

    I see the world as the nature that is surrounding me. I notice the beautiful nature, and simple elements around me. I take a lot of photographs of flowers, landscape and animals. What I think I may be missing is the people around me. I do not take photos of people because I find it most difficult.

  • Ben Barner

    I see the world as a lot of commotion, so whenever I see a slower, beautiful image that makes me want to capture it. I notice interesting landscapes especially. I love to take in the leaves changing in the fall. I think I miss a lot of the human elements of the world. I don’t get an urge to capture many images of people.

  • Noah Loos

    I view the world through it’s nature and how that nature structures the various environments we live in. I’m very drawn to the natural beauty of nature and how it’s composed. I’m finding myself taking mainly pictures of nature and landscapes because I’m always so captivated by it. I feel like I don’t notice the bigger picture of things. I tend to focus on the fine detail of things (lines, shapes, composition, etc.) instead of the bigger picture of something and how it fits into it’s surroundings.

  • Eric Frazier

    see the word analytically. I think that way, so I see that way. My job is
    analytical. Something is the way it is because of this reason. I may miss the complexities
    connections of life.

  • Cassandra Koscianski

    I see the world as it is, I can’t think of metaphors or create blind messages. I am very literal and I believe that I’m not artsy or creative. It’s a trait that I wish I had more of but unfortunately can’t choose.

  • Marissa Williams

    I see the world as a realist. I see the good, but I also see the bad – and there is a lot of bad. I see the beuty in certain things, and I see the ugly in others. I might miss seeing the beautiful in the ugly, and the ugly in the beautiful.

  • Melody Vang

    I see the world as it holds a lot of mysteries within us as human beings and within nature itself. I see the world as it holds so much power, intelligence, and beauty. There is so much to this world that we are unaware of.

  • Evan Tangen

    I see the world as I believe it functions- as a possibly infinite, complex, cyclical automaton. I don’t believe it is inherently good or evil, just a large indifferent thing, which has no inherent meaning but the meaning we as conscious beings assign to it.