How do I make my best photographs? When I listen with my eyes…

Listening with your eyes? How does that happen? My experience started with the loss of my hearing. Losing my hearing has had many drawbacks. Conversations are most difficult. I’ve had to learn to read people’s lips to fully understand the conversation. Driving my car isn’t as relaxing as it used to be. Not being able to hear the siren of an approaching ambulance or fire truck can be scary. Jumping when someone comes up behind you because you couldn’t hear them. But often when you loose something you also find something. So in the Lost and Found Department I found my vision. I discovered I can listen with my eyes. Listening with my eyes has increased my awareness and mindfulness of things all around me. Feeling the movement and rhythm of not only objects but nature’s elements as well. I can’t hear the wind but I can listen with my eyes and sense it. Are those reflections in the water or the shadows on the ground speaking to me? Is that structure or landscape telling me stories no one else can hear? This voice in my soul speaks very softly. I have to listen with my eyes if I’m going to hear what it’s saying. In this silence there is great beauty and peacefulness. Listening is more than just hearing. When I listen with my eyes I’m  involved in the present moment. Like a blind person who “sees” by hearing I “hear” by seeing and listening with my eyes. That’s when I make my best pictures.