Use your camera as a measuring device. This doesn’t refer to the distance scale on the focus ring (!). Rather, find a subject that you have an empathy with and take a sequence of shots to ‘explore the distance between you’. Add the sequence to your learning log, indicating which is your ‘select’ – your best shot. When you review the set to decide upon a ‘select’, don’t evaluate the shots just according to the idea you had when you took the photographs; instead evaluate it by what you discover within the frame.
In the OCA manual Alexia Clorinda describes the act of photographing as measuring the distance between herself and the subject: ‘It’s about the encounter between myself and the other; it’s not about the other’.
My daughter recently ran the 2018 London Marathon. It was a highly charged experience for all concerned. We waited at the Royal Marsden viewing point cheering on their designated runners. I had no idea what to expect when my daughter ran to us. I couldn’t concentrate on her, I just shot a sequence of photos.
Upon reviewing the images I was pleased to see her delight at seeing a great friend who had made a surprise trip to support her.