5 Lessons from Michael Kenna (Part 1 of 5)

We were thrilled to be able to attend Michael's very first talk in Singapore last Saturday. If you're unfamiliar, Michael Kenna is a world-renowned photographer whose work in black and white landscapes is so distinct, it's almost a sub-genre in itself.

 

Michael shared a great deal in a span of four hours, from little anecdotes about his childhood to a haunting account about shooting at the Nazi concentration camps. It was a pleasure to hear his talk. If you ever get the opportunity, seize it. In the meantime, here's the first of five lessons we took away from A Retrospective Survey by Michael Kenna:

 

Lesson 1:
"Don't just do something; sit there."

On the beauty of savouring your surroundings rather than doing the proverbial wham-bam-thankyoumam when arriving at the location. I thought it made a nice change from the cliche, "don't just sit there, do something".