I’ve always been intrigued by the phrases “from my point of view” or “the way I see it.” The more I’ve thought about those phrases, the more I’ve come to understand just how large a roll perspective plays in our lives. It’s how we view things from where we stand..or sit.. Literally, it’s what we see or view—it’s our understanding. What’s interesting, is that it can be changed or affected. We can choose to let it be determined by someone’s influence, or we can mold and change it ourselves.
Being outdoors gives me tremendous perspective. It reminds me just how small I am and how great my God is.
I’m someone who enjoys the perspective from high places. I like being on ground level too(probably more comfortable there too), but I’m someone naturally motivated by progress. I love to be able to see how far I’ve come and to have the satisfaction of coming to an overlook and sitting down after a long hike and taking in the view.
Sometimes perspective is still a hard thing to grasp. Sometimes understanding other’s perspectives is even more challenging. After chewing on that thought for a while, it finally dawned on me....If you took 100 people with cameras on a hike and sent them all in the same direction, I’m pretty positive the chances of you getting two completely identical photos back are fairly slim. Sure, they followed the same trail, and they will be photographing the same landscapes and views, but they took different steps to get there. They were further ahead or behind in the line of people. The lighting changed. Some may be taller or shorter than others. Some may be skilled with a lens and some may not know how to use it. Some things will catch one person’s eye that another person will walk right past. When they reach the top, they may sit in different places and interact with different people. Perspective influences so much in life. The cool thing is, we can share them and begin to understand each other’s. I guess that’s what I like about photography. I get to share mine with you and I get to learn about yours. #seethingsdifferently #onlyinarkansas