Get a Huge Benefit By Seeing
Lucia’s 15th photograph set off all kinds of stirrings in my brain. This is the truest definition of found art. Here is an artful masterpiece that has been created by light, refraction, glass and an architectural grid of panes created in an old window. Fortunately for us, the glass is old, predating the perfect glass mass-produced today. Instead of capturing a actual mirrored image, the waves and undulations in the glass reflect an imperfect, distorted version of the building across the way. You can see how straight lines ripple, streak and bulge and flat planes bloat and wobble. Somehow, by some slight-of-hand, the roof line appears twice in the top two rows of panes. And are we actually able to see through the window? Is that a row of books? And what are those odd metallic swirls in the lower right? The entire window itself is a work of art that would please any abstract artist, and taken alone even each pane is startlingly complete.
This photo is a lesson in the importance of seeing. Seeing what is there and what is not there is the essence of creativity. Looking closely will give you inspiration, pleasure and connect you to the world around you. Not a bad way to start or end a day and vital to keeping creativity alive.
One last thought. Do you see the one pane of glass, a replacement pane for sure, that gives a accurate reflection? It isn’t anywhere near as interesting as the panes around it, is it? If all the original glass in the window had been replaced, there would be nothing interesting here.
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