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I'll know it when I see it


This weekend I spent time scrolling through photographs to curate a collection that I could place out in the open where they might be seen by other people. I began, and still remain, feeling somewhat self serving in this activity. Why on earth would anyone want to spend time looking at moments I have seen through the lens of a camera? I really don't know the answer to this, which begs the question, why bother?


I don't know why other people might choose to come to look, and what they might see when they come, but in the process of creating this site, I think I know a little more now about why I would choose to do this. My intention is to share my journey and practice of looking, and waiting, for the beauty in humanity to appear, and imperfectly captured as a marker and reminder of who we all are.


Recently I listened to an On Being podcast with Krista Tippett in conversation with Frank Wilczek, a theoretical physicist at M.I.T. and author of "A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design". Wilczek spoke with a passionate enthusiasm and excitement about the pursuit, and existence, of a beautiful question. In this interview he says,

"...beauty is a human experience. It’s something that has to do with how humans react to the world and perceive the world. And it’s notoriously thought to be subjective, but it’s not entirely subjective. There’s a very rich history of art objects and music and what people have found beautiful, and literature. And we can compare that to what scientists find in their deep investigation of what the world is, and see — not whether those things coincide; they clearly don’t coincide. There are forms of beauty that are not found in science, and there are facts about the world that are not beautiful. But there’s a remarkable intersection, I think, and a remarkable overlap between the concepts of beauty that you find in art and literature and music, and things that you find as the deepest themes of our understanding of the physical world."

I have come to believe that there are things that we do, over and over again, that can become a "practice". I have come to recognize that if I, or anyone, practice something over and over again, we just get better over time.


Looking through the lens has provided a boundary, a constraint, that makes it easier to focus, and notice what is within that boundary, But the real practice is in seeing, and in waiting until beauty shows up, and I can see it, and if am fortunate capture a facsimile that can be shared. Somehow, the perception of someone, or something, as beautiful, stops us for a brief moment and shifts our stance, our position, and how we might take the next step or action.


I don't know that I could actually say what beauty is. Having grown up surrounded by American media, I have been immersed in a very narrow scope of what beauty in people looks like. I have always appreciated the media, film and television, in the UK, because the people who show up there are much more often going to look like people in my life, friends, family, neighbors, and strangers that I see in daily interactions. Somehow this matters when beauty shows up in people who look like those who are around me.


I don't know if sharing my practice of looking, and waiting, to see beauty in people matters. I know that I can't describe what that beauty will be, and how it will make a difference. But I will know it when I see it, and it just seems that sharing that can't hurt, and who knows, maybe it actually can make a difference.



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Dara Zandanel
Dara Zandanel
19. Jan. 2021

Dave, I’ve always been grateful for your photographs and your sharing of them to let me see into your world, some of that shared as well. But I don’t know if I’ve ever told just how exquisite your photographs are, how they capture so much beauty and joy. I’m looking forward to your next post!

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I know exactly why people may come to see what you have to say with your photos. Dave, as I have told you before, you have such a gift of capturing the pureness in humans. Pure good, pure beautiful, pure joy, pure curiosity and yes pure awesomeness. Keep it coming.

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Dawn Hasbury
Dawn Hasbury
18. Jan. 2021

David, your photography has always captured the beauty of the people in your life and I've been lucky enough to enjoy your talent for years. Thank you for putting this page together to share with the public and share your experiences and impressions of the world around you.

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David Hasbury
David Hasbury
18. Jan. 2021
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Thanks Dawn. There was a little sadness as I created the site as I realize how little time I spend with my original family over these last 10 years, and when I do, I am in conversation and being the man that I am I am not very good at multi-tasking. I am either in conversation, or I am participating through the lens, but not both at the same time. I do miss all of you. be well.

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