Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals. — J. Isham
Oh how true … if you want really want to hear what someone is saying, then listening is so easy and if not, it is soooooo very difficult. The same goes with “seeing” — really seeing — and being able to capture that “seeing” moment in an image. This is what sets photographers apart from the general population — and it is a skill I try to practice as often as possible.
This image is a perfect example of how “shooting” pictures differs from “seeing” pictures. This image was taken at a Best of America by Horseback ride in (I believe) Arkansas. This lady and her horse were sharing a moment away from everything else that was going on — I love the way she is looking at him, with love and admiration. I imagine she is telling him how handsome he is — and because she is telling him with her heart, he is listening with his heart. His expression, ears up, focus on her — is intent. There is no language barrier — and no species barrier here. And that is the moment I saw — that is the moment I listened to with my eyes.