As a photographer, it was a joy to capture a Leo’s radiance,so authentic, so very fresh and truthful that one needs only to record it at any given moment in time.. But up and beyond that, I was aware of the fact that Leo’s attention was centered around discovery of his world.. And as a photographer there isn’t anything more important than this.. it is known as the art of seeing. Leo examined everything in his field of view with such undivided attention, with such fascination, that I began to ask myself if I had missed seeing something myself: a crack on the wall, a cloud outside the window, a book on the table… a speck of dust, reflecting light perhaps? And so I began to watch Leo view the world through the youngest and freshest of eyes and in doing this, I began to notice what he was seeing, so small and unworthy of any mention by the adult world. We strive to push our imagery to the limits, to engage the viewer by presenting none less than “the stupendous” and in doing so, over time dull our senses , making us ever so demanding in order to be satisfied, and ever so blind to the small wonders.
I am thankful for the experience of being reminded by a baby that the world around me, very close by, is worth looking at.
I am not sure I am willing to give up my vision many decades older than Leo’s, but I am sure that less is more.