Gracie is currently taking a digital photography class through school and loving it. Each week she is given an assignment that she works on and must complete by the following week. These assignments serve the purpose of making her a better photographer by teaching her to look at the world, through her lens, in a different way. Many of her assignments have to do with perspective. In her first assignment she had to take 3 photographs of the same everyday object from 3 different angles. This past week she was given the assignment of photographing 3 objects up close and creating abstract art from them with the help of Photoshop. The results were very neat..
“Perspective – The capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance.”
Can you guess what the original subjects were?
Here are the answers….
Watching Gracie work on this school assignment got me thinking about perspective and perception. If you look at Gracie’s “abstract photos” they bear little resemblance to the original object. The same can be true in life. Looking too closely or “zooming in” on a person or moment can have the same effect. We all become a little abstract when looked at too closely. Few, if any, of us can withstand the scrutiny of a microscopic viewing and yet we do this to ourselves and others all to frequently. It is all about perspective. So often we choose to zoom in and focus on the one flaw, the one negative thing in ourselves, or our spouse, or our children that we fail to see all the good. We take our powerful camera lens and magnify the one bad moment in the day and declare the entire day a disaster. We zoom in on our own shortcomings and declare ourselves failures. We see only the areas where our children are still struggling and fail to acknowledge the beautiful triumphs they have achieved. We look at the one bad day and decide the week was horrid or the one hard year and declare an entire lifetime a waste. It is human nature. We all do it. We must remember, however, that when we see the world through that magnified lens we are looking at an abstract world. To see life, and people, and moments realistically we must zoom out. We must pull our focus back. We must look at the entire picture. That is the kind thing to do.
So…Take a step back and look again. Perhaps the change in perspective will change your perception.
Abraham Lincoln said, “If we magnified our successes as much as we magnify our disappointments we’d all be much happier.”