Shifting Perspectives for Self-Improvement while Viewing Fruited Water – Picture to Ponder – v7-issue 36

by Sheila Finkelstein on September 6, 2011

As I surfed through folders, it was the top photograph that jumped out, declaring it wished to be today’s featured Picture to Ponder photograph.

I assumed that it might be in recognition of the water some of us are receiving abundantly in the form of rain, while others in areas of drought are in such need.

Then, I looked back at last week’s issue of Picture to Ponder images and see that they, too, were taken looking through something; the first a glass; the second through a section of an acrylic sculpture. So I’m thinking today’s theme has to do with filters.

I’m curious, myself, to see what will develop as I write the Self-Reflecting Queries, almost always a mystery to me until the writing starts.

Today’s Picture to Ponder Photos –

orange and lemons in water for drink

orange, lime and lemons in water for flavoring in a dispensing container

From time-to-time, I seen fruited water in various hotel lobbies. Recently, I was particularly captivated by one set-up and moved to pull out my iPhone and take some photographs.

The top photo is a section cropped from the image we see on the bottom. Instead of waiting until I got home and downloaded the photo to my computer, then used Photoshop Elements, I cropped and enhanced it slightly, while still on the phone, using an iPhone application.

I love the shapes, colors and textures in the top photo and the over all, plus the reflections, in the second photo. Should we wish to focus on reflections, the full-view picture below offers plenty of opportunities for that.

fruited water in an urn in a hotel lobby

In my Through and From The Lens classes, we start our first session using a “view finder” (a 1/4 to 1/2 inch opening cut out of a piece of paper) to wander through a picture, “seeing”/comparing all the many variables of a particular photograph.

I invite you to do the same with any of these photographs. Did you discover anything different from what you first saw? Please share with us in the COMMENTS section here.

Self-Reflecting Queries
I mentioned above that it would seem that the focus of today’s issue of Picture to Ponder might be “filters.” And, I’ll go with that. So often there is the tendency to go through our days, or portions thereof, on “automatic.” We see and hear things through the filters of assumptions and “knowing” what we see and what’s being said.

We can see the water being offered, think “That’s nice,” stop to drink, or continue on, and/or have all kinds of other assumptions and judgments about it. Even as I think of identifying for you the location of the hotel in which I took the photo and the statement on the framed invitation next to the urn, my mind goes on overload with the stories that suggest I don’t do that.

In the meantime we totally ignore the beauty and possibilities of what’s in front of us. Yes, I was still looking through the glass when I stopped to photograph. On the other hand, by focusing and looking at the segments in today’s images, we have the opportunity of seeing much more than we initially thought.

As always, I invite you to look around in your world, both internal and external. Find one or more everyday, taken-for-granted “scenes” or situations. What are the “filters” through which you’ve been viewing them? Can you make a shift, refocus? If so, what do you see now? Have the textures changed? Anything else?

Have fun, and, again, please share in the COMMENTS below what comes up for you.

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Carol Carlson September 7, 2011 at 3:45 am

Sheila, little did I ever imagine that those photos would make such a splash! Good for you. Glad you’re keeping in touch. Had my business phone installed yesterday and he somehow disconnected my Internet service. So frustrating. Good thing I have my iPhone! Take care and speak to you soon. Carol

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