Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Digital photography has permitted many people to record and post about events with immediacy. Big Brother is not the government, police or Google street view, but may be anyone on the street with a cell phone or camera. News outlets readily accept photographic submissions from public eyewitnesses and initial reporting of breaking stories often comes from ordinary observers.
so much information...
so many visual images...
An old, disillusioned Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes,
"All things are wearisome, more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time."
Human nature is unchanged and rules which govern the natural world remain in effect for eons of time. But we must discover this for ourselves through exploration, inquiry and experience. Our natural creativity often gets buried and needs to be rediscovered in order to see the world with fresh eyes.
I have been contemplating my own creative potential and feel the need to challenge myself. In my fifteenth "season" of taking pictures and blogging over 1000 posts, I want to look at the world in varied ways. I joined a Flickr Photo Challenge group in December and tried to post a picture representing the theme of the day. The group has a monthly theme in 2010 rather than a daily theme and members are to post four pictures about resolutions in the month of January. I took the above picture this past weekend as we looked at a group of Mallards and one variant female duck. She became the focus of my resolution for the week. I have been looking for word prompts to stimulate creativity in my writing as well.
I may not be able to say “Look! This is something new" but hope to say, Look! Here is a new way to view this." And that is a productive approach for all areas of my life.
(photo prompt:resolution;- word prompt:unique)