It’s All About Perspective

Perspective can be as big or small as you wish to make it. It can encompass vast oceans or lone raindrops perched upon blades of grass. One can sharpen or blur the focus as one sees fit, adjust the exposure to see the world in a light from which it may not have considered before. This is the world from the perspective of a photographer, but 163also that of the writer. Just as with the settings on the camera, the writer can choose to focus on specific images as opposed to others. We sharpen or dull focus through the use of words, by choosing to embellish or muddle, by being precise or vague. It is the job of both the photographer and the writer to present the world from which it is not normally viewed, to give importance and give a voice to those who have none.

The beautiful thing about people is we all come from varying backgrounds, each one different than the next. We all see the world in a different lens than the person sitting next to us. Even when we look at the same object, we equate different meanings and words to it. For instance, two people could look at the same old, crumbling building and while one person sees it as something that should be condemned, someone else could see it as something that needs saving.

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While photographs give us one side of a subject’s history, words give another. The lens can capture every minute imperfection on the surface; the pen can bring the story behind every blemish to life. And vice versa. Everything in this world has a history, a reason for being; a beginning and, ultimately, an end. These histories deserve the opportunity to be told. The two seemingly opposite mediums ultimately work together in order to form a cohesive view of the world, a view that is dependent on the filters through which the artist employs.

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