I’m reading a book by John Berger (1926-2017) called About Looking. There is something about John’s writing that made it difficult for me to dig into at first. John lays down lines like they’re steel girders in a Vancouver skyscraper. But once I caught on to John’s jargon I began to see his brilliance.
Whether you’re watching hockey players in an arena, or animals in a cage, John’s insight into how we look at things is exceptional. He had one of those brains that was wired, and conditioned, to see stuff that most of us miss. John’s book helps me understand the deep-seated reasons why some photos — some “arrested moments” — interest me more than others.