Design Philosophy

It has been quite a week here in Boston. Disbelief, shock, anger, sadness, despair and finally – relief and joy. Everyone is struggling to understand. At times, I have had a difficult time staying focused on my work and to be productive, yet I have had to find ways to carry on. As much as the news says we are “Boston Strong”, etc., the fabric of my life has been torn in ways I can not completely see or understand and when it is stitched back together, I will be different. My Mom shared a poem with me that I have found to be very helpful.

It is called, Look to This Day.

Look to this day
for it is life
the very life of life.

In its brief course lie all
the realities and truths of existence
the joy of growth
the splendor of action
the glory of power.

For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory
of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day….

~ ancient Sanskrit poem ~

 

Thanks Mom!

May you all have a wonderful, peace filled week.

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Rather than post a particular  photo and talk about it, I am posing a question.

This past week, I’ve has several long and thought provoking conversations with my Mom over a seemingly simple question. She is taking a digital photography class and her current assignment is to “Write a Letter to a Friend About How You See.”

“Think of and write to someone who is interested in your work, but is, perhaps, not an artist or photographer. Maybe this person wants to know what it is like to be you when you are taking photographs, or perhaps this friend wants to know why certain subjects or objects, or shapes, or places interest you to the extent hat they do.”

Think about this question in terms of design or whatever context you like. Globally, it could even be your perception of the world. Think carefully and hard. Dig deep and question why, what, where and how. You may find out things about yourself you didn’t know. I would love to hear your thoughts. (And I’m sure my Mom would, too!)

For example – How is it that I saw what I saw that caused me to stop everything I was doing, run, grab the camera and take this picture? Why was it so important to me to take this picture? To record the moment?

 

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Do you ever have these moments where things converge – you don’t know why or how – they just do? I had one of those moments this morning.

I got  up early and as is my ritual, I went about the house raising the blinds and opening the drapes, letting in the morning sun. On the dining room table lay a piece of crinkled up tissue paper. What I saw was a beautiful tall woman in a white wrap around dress. She was walking down a dark street, from one pool of street lamp light of the next… I ran, got my camera and captured the moment.

Then a few minutes later I opened my email and waiting for me was an email from my friend Penelope Bianchi. We are always having the most interesting discussions about design and how we see and create. This morning she drew an analogy between the creative process and having a camera in her head!!! And I thought, “WOW!!! That’s exactly what happened!!! I saw the image in my head!  And I knew…”

Here’s the picture I took.

What do you see?

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