Perspective refers to a general attitude or point of view. Most of the opinions we form have been shaped by a belief system, early childhood development, life experiences, and socio-economic position. Along with our DNA, it is what makes us truly unique. Many people live a lifetime without ever validating a perspective beyond their own and others are invigorated by change, education and growth.
Kathy at Smart Living 365 wrote an informative post in which she sheds light on why we can’t just all get along. She uses the concept of Spiral Dynamics to illustrate many of her points. You can read her post here. Basically, it comes down to perspective, the evolution of our thinking, and where we each fall on the continuum at any given time.
Expanding our perspective to include information that challenges our beliefs and attitudes does not equate to abandoning our values. It simply means that we are willing to listen and keep an open mind. It is not unusual to change our perspective many times throughout our lifetime; loss of a job, the birth of a child, a traumatic experience or any situation that threatens our security will contribute to forming a different point of view. Setbacks are inevitable, but sometimes that is where we experience our best growth.
We can talk about change and acceptance and growth, or we can live it. It all begins with a willingness to see from a different perspective.
Just as perspective is important to living a life of fulfillment, a clear point of view is also necessary for capturing a good photographic image.
My perspective for this photograph is from 30 feet below with a 300mm lens and my point of view is obviously expressed through tight composition. I took the following shot within minutes of the first, but it conveys a very different message. I see the brutal reality of nature in the first and humor in the second.
I have taken lots of Osprey photos, but never one with its catch. The complete surprise of this opportunity is what made me smile this week.
I am sharing with Terri Webster’s Sunday Stills and Becky B’s Squares. Their theme is Perspective and you may interpret it any way you like. Just pop over there and check out their rules. I am also participating in Trent’s Weekly Smile challenge. Please visit all these wonderful blogs for more smiles and lots of beautiful photos.
A big ‘thank you’ to everyone for hosting.
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