Sorting through photographs I’ve taken, it struck me that regardless of where I am, I manage to find something photo-worthy. A moment worth capturing and remembering.
I despise graffiti, yet not only have I found photo-worthy graffiti,
I’ve been inspired to enhance graffiti with doodles.
Living in Ventura, my world had gotten very small. The paths I traversed daily always seemed the same. And yet, there was the flower growing out of a storm drain,
an odd almost sci-fi/sea urchin looking flower,
even a whatever.
Ask me about the drive cross-country which was supposed to be a grand adventure, a chance to get to see this huge country of ours, and I will answer, “Miles and miles of miles and miles.” Yet imagine my surprise when I found delightful photos of over-sized pelican statutes
and an intriguing-shaped water tower.
Even living in a place that really doesn’t do much for me, I find even I’ve taken pictures which delight me. An amazing sun rise
a tiny jellyfish (which with a little bit of Photoshop technology looks out-worldly), and
an early morning boater out fishing.
I had to wonder if this wasn’t a concrete example of what the pundits and sages mean when they say attitude is all a matter of perspective? It’s not the thing itself, but how we perceive that thing.
I know I carry images in my head. So why are the images I carry in my head of the times I screwed up? Put my foot in my mouth? Made the wrong decision and had to pay the consequences?
In short, why do I focus on the negative pictures in my mind (some for hours, days, weeks or even years on end) when in my day-to-dayness I take photographs of that which delights me, fills me with joy, makes me smile and makes me happy?
At this point I’m not sure an answer is important.
What is important is that somewhere along the line I got in the habit of walking around with a camera (originally a digital hand-me-over from my techno-twentysomething daughter). And while I don’t recall taking the photos, they seem so mundane at the time, upon sorting through them I realize I see doodles in reflections and on cars. Shapes and textures which intrigue me. Colorful murals which catch my eye. I even see a single flower growing out of a storm drain and a squash growing out of asphalt.
Going through these photographs it occurred to me that if I can find beauty and joy in the simple and mundane on the outside, perhaps it’s time to look at myself as if through a camera lens, to see if I can find beauty and joy within.
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