We Are All Photographers / by Raymond Merritt

Ralph Gibson

Ralph Gibson

One of the best advances of the past decade has been the increasing amount of TED Talks available online. Photographer Ralph Gibson recently added his own TED Talk to the mix, speaking recently as part of TEDxFulbrightSantaMonica.

Gibson's Talk runs through his entire career as he speaks about "Finding A Visual Identity in the Digital Age." The gist of his talk is that we all have our own visual identity, that we all have a series of shapes, colors, and patterns that our eyes pick up on as we bring a camera, or smartphone, into focus. Gibson urges us to view the digital camera as a means of expressing what our brains and eyes pick up as we move about the world. Because, with the proliferation of photographs in this digital age with Instagram and Snapchat booming, we are all photographers.