Through the Viewfinder
In this age of digital cameras and cameras-in-phones, it is so easy to point and shoot. Pick up the camera…aim…press the in-screen button…and, voila! A moment captured. Seems that everywhere we look, people are taking pictures.
The usual process in taking a photograph is to see something we want to capture, pick up the camera, look through the viewfinder, and snap it. A moment captured in time, based upon what we saw in an instant. Rarely do we look through the viewfinder of our camera to see what else is out there. We simply Point. Shoot. Done.
And I wonder…
What if we were to think more deeply about the way in which we are seeing the image we want to capture? How would that change what we photograph?
You see, in life, as in photography, we look, we think we see, and we capture mental photographs of people, events, moments in the ‘camera’ of our minds, usually in as permanent a state as printed photos. Meaning frozen in time.
In my own life, I have found that sometimes these mind ‘pictures’ consist of assumptions…decisions I’ve made about a person, a group, an experience, that are based upon a flash in time. And I ask myself: what if I were to look through the viewfinder just a bit more, to see beyond the image before me? What if I saw into the deeper story? What would the picture/memory look like, were I to view it a bit differently than my mind first decides?
The answer, of course, is that what I am seeing would change. Sometimes the change would be drastic…sometimes slight. Looking more deeply through the viewfinder would allow me to see more of that person, experience, moment. It would have me examine it from a different perspective and see things I might have missed, were I to simply take the snapshot that had initially caught my eye. It would allow me to see more deeply into life.
As with photography, life allows us to adjust what we see based upon our perspective. We have that choice. And so I ask you: what will you ‘see’ when you look through the viewfinder?
Linda Krantz, M.S.
Leader ~ Coach ~ Consultant