You’d probably like Jeff. He’s really cool. Multi-talented and creative, he is in the middle of a project he created for himself in which he takes a daily photograph of a light house not too far from his home.
As of today, he has posted his photos for 81 consecutive days on social media. He has a great eye for photo composition, which is critical if you’re committed to photographing the exact same subject for 365 days and hope to not become redundant.
I don’t know why he’s doing this, but I’m glad he is. It’s become something I look forward to daily.
His commitment to this project forces him to look at this one light house from many different vantage points. He is quite open to seeing this one subject in many different ways. Up high, down low, at sunrise, at sunset, through clouds or fog. There is not one “right” photograph of this light house. He is open to moving around and seeing the subject from many different vantage points. At year’s end, when his project is completed, Jeff will know this light house rather intimately.
When we can see something from several different angles, we gain a tremendous understanding of exactly what it is we are looking at.
This works well with light houses.
And with people, too.
Sometimes we only see in people what we’ve habitually always seen. Sometimes what we see is based in part on assumptions we’ve created or inherited. But when we are willing to explore and see people from unfamiliar perspectives we gain a much more complete understand of who is really in front of us. When we are able to understand more about people whose views of and experiences in the world may be different from our own we are in a much better position to create a more inclusive environment in which all can coexist and thrive.
Maybe there’s more to be seen in the people we habitually see?
There always is.
If you decide to look.
It’s a great day to be you!