“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.”
― Aldous Huxley
During the long pandemic winter of 20/21, I became depressed. I wondered if I would ever be able to pursue my passion for international travel again in my lifetime. I had so many things on my bucket list and such a short amount of time to fulfill them before I wasn’t either physically or mentally able to do so.
I took an online iPhone photography course hoping to improve my mood and restlessness. I hoped it was only a matter of time after our vaccinations that we would be lacing our gypsytoes into shoes and hitting the road again to new international adventures.
My large and heavy digital zoom camera became too cumbersome for travel. I was ready to lighten my load and invest in a new iPhone 11 Pro with three lenses. The iPhone photography course not only taught me many new tricks and tips for editing and shooting, but it provided me with an insightful way of looking at life from a unique and colorful perspective. I craved a new perspective during the drab winter.
Below are some secrets I learned to having the best perspective on life as told through my photography.
1. Life is sweeter when I celebrate little victories.
My photography course encouraged me to find new perspectives. I have over 40,000 photos of our travels on the cloud. I celebrated little victories when I learned how to edit and look at new angles for my photo shoots. I spent the winter editing my memories one photo at a time and it gave me such joy.
2. I opened my eyes up to the beauty in front of me, and celebrated it.
I craved brilliance and color. One day, I took my glass globes into my windowless laundry room, placed a globe on a mirrored tile with a screen saver on my iPad behind it, and started shooting the result. During the pandemic life had become predictable and dull, and I had lost hope for beautiful things as well as admiration for the silly, whimsical things in my life. The results made me giddy. This new perspective changed my mindset.
3. Be here now. I found grace hidden in being where I am.
As strange as it may sound, I found comfort and grace in editing my photos. I was transported into other worlds, other cultures by my focus on my photography lessons. I was in lockdown in my home, but I didn’t care. I didn’t complain. I floated along peacefully in my stream of a new consciousness. I was happy.
4. Consider the bigger picture when forming a perspective on something.
I learned to think of how this one perspective or area of focus holds up within the larger picture or real-world effects. By widening my lens to the bigger picture I began to see things more clearly. Life was a series of connections. We each needed to take responsibility to hold each other up during times of trouble or chaos. This new perspective comforted me.
5. Replace negative thoughts with something more positive.
The sun will come up tomorrow. By focusing on photos that portrayed hope and beautiful sunrises (Instead of focusing on Facebook and the never-ending negativity), I found that my negativity disappeared. It took practice focusing on positive thoughts, but it got easier the more I practiced. I practiced telling myself two positive things about myself each day. Somedays, I congratulated myself on my determination, and most days I told myself how much more confident my new perspective made me feel about my life.
6. Perspectives change. I can control how I see the world by changing my perspectives.
On the malacon in La Paz, Mexico, there is a silver pearl enclosed in a giant oyster shell. I walked by it many times and every time from a different perspective. The view was never the same…constantly changing…and most surprisingly…I enjoyed the ever changing perspective. It was a metaphor for my life. I have control over the perspectives I choose to view and analyze. I strive and work towards finding positive perspectives which give my life meaning and purpose.
How are you coping with the pandemic? Has a different perspective changed you? If so, how?