The Sense of Observation

       A few days ago, with an old friend of mine, we looked  among the over 1500 pictures taken by me during our  walk through a great European town. At the end, my friend  told me:

“Wow! That is great! Lucky me I was with you. In this  way, we saw a lot of things that I used to pass by without  noticing them…..Man, you have fantastic observation  skills!”

This last sentence brought me 15-20 years ago, when  together with my colleagues, a group of a prestigious medical faculty in the world, we were in a small room of a post-communist hospital in front of an ill patient’s bed with our leading doctor, a great physician as well. Being at the semiology class, (where we learn the signs and the symptoms of diseases), we had to analyze the patient and tell towards what disease our observations led us. We all offer an opinion and finally I added that I have noticed a discreet sign around the patient’s eyes, fact that lead us to a specific disease of a particular organ. When we came out of the room, the leading doctor took my hand and told me:

” Man, you are a fantastic observant!”

Doctor with stethoscope The similarity between these two statements, made at interval of about 20 years, regarding me  and  my two professions I have practiced made me wonder if there are things in common between medicine and photography. Certainly, this observation spirit represents an intersection  between the  two. Especially if we think that the sense of observation is made of “observation”,  which means  “eyes” and “spirit”, something that deals with brain, heart, feelings, intuition and  who knows how  many more.

Moreover, there is the fact that in both trade cases, after a long and hard period of nonstop  practice and after overcoming some teaching barriers, it can be reached an advanced level, an  artistic one, inaccessible to the majority.

Chapter II

The problem is: does the consumer of medical and photographic services reach an artist? It rarely happens and then generally the consumer feels the difference. It is true that frequently the consumer cannot understand the art of crafting…

Life is more complex than it seems, brothers! …that is why it is so beautiful!


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