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    The Left eye as a creative perspective

    I've been having thoughts lately on left brain, right brain creative processes. Much discussion in art about using the left hand vs right hand. What about the left eye vs right, I myself am left eye dominate. I'm really good at finding the surreal imagery in life and notice that many photographers seem to shoot in a more analytical point of view.


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    Left Eye Creative tool

    Well I just posted this in a different thread on Exposure, likely the wrong place.

    I know there is discussion in the art circles on using the left hand for drawing and the right brain as the more creative side. What about he left eye?

    I myself use my left eye even though cameras are designed for right-eye use and right hand trigger. Has there ever been a left-handed trigger for a camera?

    I've been having thoughts on this because I now realize there is more distinct connection between artist and photographer.

    What are peoples thoughts on this?

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    I think that the technical aspects of photography are a hindrance to creativity for many. It is easy to talk about the technical...it is a far different matter to be creative.
    Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radiantdarkroom View Post
    Well I just posted this in a different thread on Exposure, likely the wrong place.

    I know there is discussion in the art circles on using the left hand for drawing and the right brain as the more creative side. What about he left eye?

    I myself use my left eye even though cameras are designed for right-eye use and right hand trigger. Has there ever been a left-handed trigger for a camera?

    I've been having thoughts on this because I now realize there is more distinct connection between artist and photographer.

    What are peoples thoughts on this?
    I don't think there's a blind bit of difference, if you'll pardon the phraseology. I'm right-eye dominant; my wife, left-eye. It doesn't show THAT much in our pictures -- far less than can be explained in terms of history, background, interests, etc. It might be interesting if you took a look at the free modules in the Photo School at www.rogerandfrances.com to see if you agree.

    Mind you, we've been working together for a quarter of a century...

    Try an Exakta for a left-hand wind-on.

    Cheers,

    R.

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    I have recently been unable to see fine detail with my right eye. Surgery has produced some improvement, but I have had to use my left eye now with cameras. I do not observe any change in my creative abilities.

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    I have recently been unable to see fine detail with my right eye. Surgery has produced some improvement, but I have had to use my left eye now with cameras. I do not observe any change in my creative abilities.

    As far as reading is concerned my mind made the change from being right eyed to using the left for me without any concious effort.

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    A few years ago one side of my face was paralysed for several weeks. I was unable to close my left eye -- in fact I first realized I was paralysed when making a picture and as I lifted the finder to my right eye, I found that my left eyelid was 'stuck.'

    During those weeks I had to shoot with my left eye to the finder and would close my right eye -- opposite of my usual practice.

    I am 100% certain that the experience changed the way I 'see' and respond to how the world is revealed against the rectangle of the photographic view.

    Once I healed I went back to my usual right-eye shooting but the left-eye shooting experience was definitely the silver lining of the whole cloudy ordeal.

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    Threads merged and most duplicate posts removed. I can't remove the first one without deleting the thread, so I'll leave them both.
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    i think any way that you can change the way you see - change your perspective, or how you see - is a great way to change the way you have been taught to see and an open door to do things creatively.

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    I am left eyed, but I can't say that it makes any difference to the way I see the world. The only issues I have ever noticed is that it always stopped me using Nikons because they switched on with the wind on lever and my nose keeps me a bit further from my Leica MP's viewfinder than I'd like.

    David.

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