Ladies and gentlemen, you have an assignment. Should you choose to accept it.
If you want you may simply read this blog, look at the photographs and continue on your Merry Way.
However…if you’re game…take out your notebooks and write down your assignment.
The next time you’re visiting the city, buying your organic vegetables and veggie burgers, get out of your car. Lock it, if you must. Bundle up in warm clothes and toasty boots. Take your camera in hand.
Start out walking around a block where you have walked many, many times before. Where your thoughts insist, “There is nothing new to photograph here. I have walked this block a dozen (or a hundred) times.”
Your assignment is to find six new and interesting views of things you have noticed or photographed before. Try to view them in a different light. Get on your knees or stand on your tiptoes.
See if you can show your know-it-all Mind that it really doesn’t know it all.
You may have to walk on a snowmobile trail if you live in the North Woods. Especially if you’re attempting to walk near the canal in Houghton, Michigan. Watch for snowmobiles. You don’t want to get run over, especially if you’re staring mesmerized through your camera lens with a pack of snowmobiles approaching at top speed. (Luckily, that didn’t happen to me.)
Let your eyes sweep the horizon before looking up close. Be alert. Look at everything. Don’t let anything escape your Curiosity and eager camera lens.
What do you do if you come upon a fire zone and want to photograph the burned-out building? Do you…dare…tiptoe within the boundaries of the yellow tape…and sneak just one picture? OK, two pictures? Especially since no one is around and you’re not that close.
Quick. Snap that picture and get out of there.
How many pictures do you have now? More than six, don’t you? More like twenty, I’ll bet. You won’t even be able to post them all in your blog today. You’ll have to save some for tomorrow.
How about another quick walk by the Douglass House to stare at those dried vines by the window? Yes, yes, I know you have to meet your husband at the Pilgrim River Steakhouse in Chassell at 5:15. But you have a few more minutes.
So what do you think? Are you surprised? Have you seen much more than you expected? The next time your mind tells you “There is nothing new to see around this city block” will you believe it?
I suggest we don’t.