A Photoblog by Monte Stevens

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The Mystery of Self

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“Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts.” by Walker Evans

A sensualist can be defined as someone who derives happiness from the pleasures of the senses. Evans quote caused me to ask if I’m a sensualist? Yes. As a photographer, I enjoy the time spent in nature with my camera or working with someone during a portrait session. When I am working at creating an image I am seeing with my eyes, passing messages to the brain and heart as they work together. Feelings arise within me: joy, excitement, contentment. At those times I am living the present moment and have my focus on what is in front of me.  The feelings keep me there.


Written by Monte Stevens

December 20, 2008 at 9:35 am

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  1. Monte – This photo is you. I remember that thoughtful but questioning look, like a philosopher asking a question that causes me pause. Then those eyes seem to be searching my soul. What do you find?
    I like your comments on a being a sensualist. I had not thought of you that way, but it fits. Live the moment – it is what we have.

    Opa Wayne

    December 25, 2008 at 2:33 am

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