Learning to look

Dorothea Lange said that ‘the camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera’

I recognise that in the photographs I am drawn to and why I am interested in taking photographs myself – though for me it is less about teaching others than teaching myself to look properly.

This is Lange’s photograph of children in San Francisco joining in the Pledge of Allegiance, just before the internment of Japanese families began in the second World war:

JapaneseAmericansChildrenPledgingAllegiance1942-2

Learning to look