Since taking up photography as a hobby several years ago I find myself now appreciating the world so much more. There seems to be a realisation out there in the Western World that we need to start rethinking about how we look at things. The trend towards “mindfulness” is a reaction to the malaise that we seems to have fallen into. A world where we have access to more stimulation than ever before and yet an increasing inability to appreciate it.
Capturing a moment on a camera is an enjoyable pastime but more importantly, it shapes the way you look at the worlds. Your eye becomes more attuned to details and colour. You tend to notice the way light falls and how disparate objects interact to produce sudden harmonies.
The strange serendipity, the “happy chances” that, it you are alert, come about to delight you.
I used to drive to work in a desultory sort of way, mulling over the day ahead and oblivious to pretty much all else except the vehicles around. Now I glance about me (all the while ensuring that I am driving with great care and attention) and each day reveals a new pleasure. It could be clouds incarnadined by the rising sun, a mist across the river, a pelican perched on one of the streetlamps or reflections off the city buildings.
Of course I can’t take photos while driving so I store them up in my memory and try to recall them during the day when the moment is less picturesque.
I am not claiming that my life is now devoid of distress because of a picturesquely perched pelican, but if your account book of pleasure vs pain is in credit at the end of each day then “things aint so bad!”
So if you find your world a little grey, I can highly recommend taking up a camera and start actively looking for beauty. You will be surprised how much of it is just nearby.
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