Learning to See invites you into the world of insects. Not in a Phase IV sort of way, but more educational. Robert Oelman’s photography comes to life under the direction of his son. Chronicling 20 years of photography, the film pops while not directly producing a traditional narrative. I say that because some people really need a story to even hang with things like this. Don’t ask me why, I’m just sharing insight from years of covering things.
What helps is that the documentary is tightly focused and never wastes a frame on tangents. I do wonder why the shots had to specifically be found in Colombia. The documentary bobs and weaves around the reasons, so I wanted to know more about that specific environment. Still, I’d recommend it.