Drew McWilliams | Photographer | Look with your ears!

Look with your ears!

September 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Black and white photograph of mother and her little baby girl by Drew McWilliams Photography, Belfast and FulhamNew baby girlMother and baby time

Shakespeare said, You don’t need eyes to see how the world works.
Look with your ears. (King Lear Act 4, Scene 6)


At first sight this might seem a strange thing to say - eyes are for looking, surely?


Then I thought how a song on the radio can “transport” me to another time and place, and my mind’s eye look again at the people, places and times of my life. I can see them!


Again, when one is in conversation it’s best NOT to be rehearsing in your head what you should like to say, even before your companion has finished, but  to “look at things from the other’s point of view” - if you want to really “see” what they mean!


Footballers will often cup their ear towards opposition fans after scoring a goal, intending to say, “I can’t hear you!” but in actual fact more a visual cue to aggravate rival supporters.

Black and white photograph of mother and father with their grown up children by Drew McWilliams Photography, Northern IrelandFamily timesGetting together with the family at the weekend

You may ask what’s a photographer, who makes his living working in a visual medium, doing talking about the aural?


Well…..I think the sort of opposite might also ring true.


When I look at my family images, not only do I “see” how we all looked - and changed - but all the relationships that the image portray - and I “hear” the voices, the laughter, the tears and….the times of our lives. Check out my post, “Why I love my family portraits”.


When you look at your walls, do you hear the times of your lives?

Black and white photograph of young family at home by Drew McWilliams Photography, Belfast and FulhamFamily timeLooking back at the family at home

See with your ears and hear with your eyes!




If you've found your way to this post or even my blog through Facebook, then I have some important news for you.

I intend to stop posting on Facebook - probably at the beginning of November. This may end up being a mistake and my business suffer.

Maybe I'll change my mind in 6 months, 6 weeks or 6 days - but at the moment, I'm just fed up with the static Facebook creates in my daily life. I hate the intrusion of the little 'notifications' - as if each is indicating something I must see. I'm dismayed by the unimaginative droll I'm forced to scroll through before finding rare gems of information that will uplift my spirit and add to my life. I regret the minutes and hours I've spent with family and friends but away from them at the same time because it'll only take a wee minute to check....

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Professional family and children's portrait photography in Northern Ireland. Drew is a qualified Associate member of both the 'Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers' and the 'National Photographic Society'. He is qualified to Licentiate level with the 'Professional Photographers Association of Northern Ireland' and is a Master Photographer of the 'National Photographic Society'.