Vision is what makes each photographer different from the others and in fact, each human being different from the others.
Vision is our own unique way to interpret the outside world.
It is also "the thing" that makes our images.
The way in which we look at the objects and people we photograph inevitably reflects in the final product, the image.
Let's see how different photographers contributors of Dreamstime view the same subject.
First search I made is for the most popular fruit out there, the apple.
We have a sweet, innocent, healthy lifestyle image in the vision of Petar while from Briana we have the kiss of temptation, an image laden with hidden meaning. Same object, two different meanings in the visions of two different photographers, both successful to their own public.
Another popular subject, the eternal business man, never tired, never sleeping, sometimes relaxing, sometimes stressed.
Here is my own image, which I call future vision because I imagined it to be a vortex, a worm hole in the future. And seems that our buyers like the future too because this is my best sold image .
In comparison I am presenting the spying eye, and image by Rgbspace, which brings in mind uncovered secrets, meetings behind closed doors, hidden information, big brother even. Also an eye but in a different vision.
So, my main point is vision is the most precious possession a photographer has. Although it is closely related to imagination it is not the same thing, imagination brings out the ideas while vision forms the images in your mind.
Imagination develops with time, some people tend to have more of it, others less, but vision, we are lucky enough to be born with it and it only fades when our eyes and our bodies fade.
I am sure many of you walk on the street or stop at a traffic light, look at something simple and visualize a photographic frame, a possible future image.
Hope you have enjoyed this post and I am looking forward to your own opinions.