Its a crisp winters morning at sunrise in Mooloolaba. The breeze is light but cool, heavy with salty spray from the ocean. As the sun rises you start to feel the warmth on your face, the sky changing swiftly and dramatically right before you as the waves crash in... You can almost close your eyes and imagine it, right?
This afternoon I've been doing some reading into the psychology of viewing photographs and our resulting emotional response. Just like using our words to create a scene, a photo allows us to transport ourselves (and others) to that place and time.
Its a relatively new path of research, but incredibly interesting to learn how we interpret and experience images... Especially when they are taken by someone else.
Interestingly, some editing methods like sharpening are largely unnoticed across most subgroups and cultures. But edits altering brightness or saturation create an immediate and significant change to the emotional response experienced by viewers. Emotional responses to specific colours appear to vary significantly across cultures too. How interesting! Really excited to see where this path of inquiry leads and helps us understand the world through the lens in the future.
magnificent hagia sophia (ayasofya), where two global faiths collide / coexist. following yesterday's landmark decision by turkey to revert istanbul's 6th-century monumental basilica to a mosque, you prolly won't ever get to see this exact same view again.
last sunrise of my months-long journey across asia from the fantastic city of istanbul, turkey, looking across the bosporus towards the asian side of the city. 🇹🇷
after 154 days on the road, 9 countries, countless cities and villages, 2 continents (part of istanbul is in europe lest you forget), am ready to fly home (malaysian food 🤤) even though i wish this trip could have been a month or two longer!