EVOLUTION OF THE THIRD EYE
By Lorenzo Wilkins
During high school, my best buddy turned me on to photography. He was always taking these incredible photos and I was thoroughly intrigued by it all. Soon I purchased my first 35mm film camera and set up a darkroom in my parents’ basement. I taught myself how to process film and make prints. Thus began my love of photography.
Fast forward in time to bring me into the digital age of new equipment and new ways of “processing” images. The challenge today is keeping up with the countless models of high resolution cameras, software packages, plug-ins and such. The list is endless! I have learned to just keep it simple and focus on improving the “eye” and to avoid getting caught up in the technology race and torrent of new equipment and software that seem to come out practically every other day.
I’ve always considered photography as a challenge; one that I honestly love. It is an opportunity to learn something new about the world around me and about myself each time I pick up the camera. It’s an opportunity to compose and capture the essence of that fleeting moment in time.
My background in graphic design directs my perceptions when experimenting with photography and videography. I view them as extensions of the other. Light, shadow, space, texture, and motion all play essential parts when I’m looking through the viewfinder.
I think a truly compelling photograph can persuade the viewer to want to enter and explore the image — to go through that door, climb those stairs, walk down that road, and feel the emotions that image may evoke.
That said, please take a moment or so to experience my work and enjoy the journey.