Picture Perfect

Today we took a bus tour around Budapest. Anyone who knows me knows that I love to take pictures. I was something of a fiend when I used to take pictures in with a regular SLR. Family pictures always consisted of multiple pictures of the same subject. Trips would cost almost double when you factored in the printing of pictures. But now I am using a digital camera and there is no limit to the number of electrons I can use– and I do enjoy using them!

As we drove around today seeing beautiful sights, I would take out my camera and point it at something that I found beautiful. Sometimes I would want to frame the shot, allow it to be seen in context, next to other scenery: adjacent to a garden, a flower pot, a field, or a river. Usually I would find myself moving back, getting farther away so that I could see it better, understand it more, appreciate it in its wholeness. Sometimes I would wait until people left the foreground, wanting to get its essence without external interference, to appreciate its simplicity and uniqueness.

I began to think about how usually we do the opposite. When we want to really understand something we move in very close, look at all of the details, but often when we do that we lose the context, the completeness, the simplicity, indeed, the uniqueness. Getting in too close may expose the natural flaws that contribute to the uniqueness of the object or person, may lead us to see the irregularities as negative instead of special.

As a therapist, I often urge people to get closer to understand each other better. But there is also something to be said in favor of taking a step back from time to time and seeing things from a distance– framing as one would do with a picture.

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  1. lori barstow says

    You speak my thoughts so eloquently…

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