Have you ever looked for something and not find it? Disappointing, ain’t it? On the other hand it’s exhilarating to see something that you weren’t expecting.
Looking for something means that we have an expectation to find something specific. If we don’t find what we’re looking for we may be disappointed.
Seeing means that we became aware of something from observation. The specifics and expectations of looking for something are replaced by the elation of unexpected discovery.
When we look for something it’s like putting blinders on to everything else around us. When we see we become a spectator watching everything with a wide view.
Next time you want to make pictures, try to resist the usual impulse to go and look for things to photograph. Instead, see and become aware of something from observation and photograph your visual discoveries.