It's not normal, is it? To be midstream in a conversation only to be derailed by glancing up at the window to see this:
I mean, I stopped mid stream in the conversation and took out my cell phone to capture this. I think I mumbled some sort of excuse... wrought iron creating the most graceful shadow through the gauziness of the curtain. Yummy. Fortunately, my friend (Pat Berrett) whom I was engaged in conversation with, understood. As we had just been discussing how observation is a must in creating good imagery. Be it via photography or otherwise. He teaches a series of photography classes at the University of New Mexico Extension Program. He was telling me how, invariably, when teaching his classes that he will randomly call upon a student and ask them to describe the person sitting next to them (without looking, of course). And, only once was someone able to do this.
I tell you, we get so caught up in I don't know what, but we get so caught up that we fail to observe what is in our immediate surroundings. I'm also reading a book right now called, "Sparks of Genius" which discusses the 13 thinking tools of the world's most creative people. Observation is one of those traits. I'm not talking about just noticing things. I'm talking about really observing. When Picasso wanted to learn how to draw (his father was an art teacher), his father gave him pigeon feet to draw. Picasso had to draw pigeon feet over and over again. He did this for quite some time before his father said, "Now you can draw anything you want." By then, he had every little nuance, every nano detail captured in his drawings. "By the time he was fifteen he could do faces and figures and very large compositions-often without models-because, simply by practicing on pigeon's feet, he had learned how to capture the mystery of lines, even of nudes." (p. 33 Sparks of Genius).
Observation. We all need to hone our skills of observation. And, in doing so, I think you will be surprised at what you really begin to see in the world around you. Juicy little details.
"Still-in a way-nobody sees a flower-really-it is so small-we haven't time-and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time." (Georgia O'Keefe)
It's one of those "stop to smell the roses' kind of thing. Stop to see the shadows.
Every week, a group of us from around the world post our shadow shots over at Hey Harriet. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted! You can view all of my 2010 Shadow Shot Sunday images on my Flickr account. Click here to view them.
I've also started (with Tracey's permission) a Shadow Shot Sunday Group Pool over in Flickr that is just for those of us who post our shadow shots here at Shadow Shot Sunday. If you'd like to join this group pool, send me an email and I will send you the invite to join. I hope you participate! It will be like having a great big album of shadow shots from everyone in this meme. The link for my email is located in the side bar of this blog. Or you can do the request via a comment.