P is for Perspicacity (and also for Ponder and Perception and Perspective and Percolate...)
A penetrating discernment...a clarity
of vision which provides deep understanding
I suppose that this is what I strive for most in my camera work...a clarity of vision. There are so many factors that contribute to a cloudy perception not the least of which is the burden of expectation.
This is particularly true when you travel or make a special trip to a location because you were told it is a great place to photograph. You go expecting, what? Great images? A unique experience? A revelation of some kind? Very often you are, well, let down.
Clarity of vision and a penetrating discernment begins with an open mind and a non-judgmental attitude. My only expectation is that I will see what I need to see even if it isn't what others think I should see.
This is particularly true for me when I visit tourist destinations...like Monhegan Island last June. I had no idea I would gather this alphabet of images in the village while everyone else was photographing the fog and the cliffs. I didn't imagine that it would lead to this series on my blog where I've been able to mine a wealth of ideas about my favorite subject, contemplative photography. But that was what I received because that is what I needed and, as usual, I'm deeply grateful.