What do you think about this photograph? Isn’t this beautiful? My friend took this great picture several years ago in Boston. Even though he is not a professional photographer, he captures this moment of beauty from his own unique perspective, and the photos taken by him always provide some fresh look of things around our ordinary life. Today, I am sharing the story about the photo that he told me once.
One fine day, he went out for a walk around his apartment. He was with his camera. It is his habit to bring his camera everywhere like many other photographers do. When he first encountered some tulips on his walking, he just ignored them because flowers are so popular as an object among photographers. He thought he couldn’t take any impressive photos from flowers. He just passed them by. On the way back to his apartment, however, an inspiration hit him. He laid down his body on the lawn and looked up the tulips from the bottom. Then, he saw a different look of tulips, which he had never seen before.
In the photograph, the tulips are just ordinary tulips. But what makes them distinctive is the unusual angle of the photo. It was taken not looking down the tulips but looking up. From this bottom-up angle, the fresh beauty of the tulips comes to us. This change of perspective makes a difference.
Today, let us try to see ourselves and people around us from a different point of view like there is a hidden beauty inside, like there is an unrevealed charm. We may have to see us from the bottom and look up others. It would be uneasy practice. However, in so doing, we may then realize how beautiful we are and how wonderful the lives around us are.
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