LETTERFROM THEEDI TOR s e b a s t i a nm i c h a e l s It’s one thing to ip through the pages and admire the images. This is what most of us do. And the images are quite wonderful. Yet there’s a different way to approach these magazines I’ve found. But it takes a certain patience. Rarer still, it takes a willingness to slow down. ... A cup of coffee or tea helps. And a quiet, comfortable morning, or an hour well after the kids are in bed. Then come to these pages. Turn them but slowly. Linger.
If it’s a setting, allow it to come alive, and see what now might enter into view. If it’s a character we’re given, imagine the drama about to unfold, the action about to take place. Touch whatever is still and set it in motion. Then allow the story to spin into life as your imagination runs off with it awhile. For look here — we have a hundred or more images for you, a hundred mysteries and delights, each waiting to leap off the page and carry you away on its own unique journey.
And then (shhhhhh) listen … Each image is a story, you see. And if you look carefully, if you listen closely, the stories will begin to unfold for you. Because the frames captured here are only that: frames captured. The scenes from which they are drawn extend well before and well after the eeting dragon y blink of time shutter-snapped and pinned to the pages you nd here. But try this with me. Find an image that arrests your attention. (Almost any will do. They’re all alive, all waiting.) Now take it in. Breathe. Listen. And then … SEE. Let your imagination throw a spark to set the scene in motion for you.
You must be alert and attentive to catch it. But there’s a delicious sort of magic at play here, in which each image holds out an entire WORLD … rich with promise, suspended in time … and waiting just for you. ~ Sebastian Michaels
AWAKE Pushing Photography Further