These days, our brains are under attack. We’re constantly swiping and tapping and liking and crowding our minds with visual clutter. This addictive and fractured mental assault has weakened our ability to focus. We aren’t really seeing. Seeing involves intention and thought. While we look at a million things each day, we actually see very few of them.
Toward that end, in this month’s issue we highlight photographers in our community who are working to illuminate and elevate those who usually go unseen: homeless individuals, children, minorities—people of every walk. Three Greenville-based fine art photographers explore the human condition through their stunning portrait work. They encourage us to see rather than scroll past, while their subjects expand our perception of community (“Frame by Frame”).
Photography allows us to explore the complexities of our world. We aren’t intruding; we are observing. We aren’t gawking; we are dissecting. We are exposed to, maybe for the first time, the experience of another. The act of seeing is an exchange, a silent conversation.
Seeing equates to where we put our mind energy, where we place our focus. Three Furman sons began their college careers with insatiable desires to learn, discuss, and ultimately transform the world through their work. Today, these men—husbands, fathers, and executives—continue to influence each other’s paths. Together, they are building a transformative ideas lab called Capita, whose purpose is to uplift families and children by bridging worlds of social justice, technology, and the arts and design. They began a conversation almost twenty years ago and haven’t stopped talking (“Power of Three,” page 102).
To see is not to believe—it is to act. This month, in the midst of the excitement and energy of a new season, let us open our eyes.
Blair Knobel, Editor-in-Chief, firstname.lastname@example.org