Why We Should Draw More (and photograph less)

Our cameras make it so easy to feel we’ve captured what’s important in the world. But to really appreciate what’s around us, we might need to learn a weirder, less technologically-advanced skill: drawing.

  • philip (78) June 25, 2015

    It’s not the manner or medium of recording ( drawing vs photographing ) but the intent behind what’s being recorded. The equivalent of carefully looking at and seeing a subject in order to render a drawing of it and from it is found in photography too, at least if one doesn’t equate photography with mindlessly snapping pictures ( in favor of the experience of the moment ) like shown in the video. The video also seems to center on that aspect of seeing which falls under the classic aesthetic and concept of ‘beauty’, which can be a profound but also limiting way of seeing. Photography – when used as a way of both connecting to and describing the world visually – can be more ambiguous and less concerned about the classic concept of beauty in terms of its subject, even when the photograph is made with aesthetics in mind. The subject photographed isn’t necessarily the subject of the photograph ( which is the paradox of photography; that even a snapshot picture only meant as such can reveal and communicate a deeper meaning afterwards ). I would argue that when it comes to a visual literacy the drawer can learn just as much if not more from the photographer.