Life Is What You Make It
I just wanted to put a quick post together, to give you a sample of the different photography related stuff I’m playing with. To ensure some variation, and to make sure I’m not closing any doors, I’m dabbling in everything right from digital art through to wannabe photography.
I’ve noticed many parallels in understanding between life and photography/art. I’ll share with you a photo/picture, then gabble away a bit about it.
It’s a given that our perception affects how we see the world. In the case above, I have made a conscious effort to adopt and express a different perception, the results of which are manifested in something you wouldn’t normally see. I have often wondered: how do others see the world? Do things look similar?
The follow-up question to that is: do others feel the same emotions as me? I know there are many similarities. For instance, in the picture above, I read into it that the bird at the top is making the bird beneath it angry, who in turn has passed on the anger towards the third bird, causing it to fly away. They all share the same anger, but were the motivations similar? The fact is, they’re probably just doing what birds do, with no meaning behind it. I find it absolutely fascinating how we try and work out the meaning behind everything, even when it’s very unlikely that there is one!
This picture is unashamedly heavily processed, but is more of a photograph than a drawing and follows some of the rules of photography.
The parallel in this picture lies in how I see similarity with the adversity that I have just faced. I couldn’t see a way out, in fact there shouldn’t have been one. I had to believe there was light at the end of the tunnel. Often, when you’re in a “tunnel”, the only person that knows the way out is you. We all have an “internal compass”; to find your way, follow the arrow where it’s pointing to “hope”.
This picture shows me that it is possible to look at something many people have looked at before, and see something completely different. I can’t imagine that many people have come to this conclusion, and probably wouldn’t do so in the foreseeable. Except, where I’ve had enough conviction in my idea to immortalise it in a photograph, anybody who sees it will now look twice at this object.
Just as you have the power to change images to match what you’ve envisioned, so too can you change your life. Remember:
Happiness is highly contagious 😉