I came across a few photos on the web this week of a handful of sand picked up from the bottom of the ocean. But these photos were super magnified at 300x. And it was amazing to see what was living inside this handful. Miniscule ocean creatures and unique grains of sand–each one a different shape, color and texture. When we are sunning ourselves on the beach, all the sand looks the same. But up close, it can be a marvel. It just depends on our perspective.
I’ve started to try to pay more attention to the details of things. Whether during my neighborhood walks, or while admiring my plants and flowers, or while watching a movie, I’m trying to see beyond the macro, big-picture. Sometimes the most interesting things are in the details and we miss them because we’re more focused on the whole. Instead of taking pictures of the larger view or the whole person, instead try shooting up close–the grain in the wood, the inside of the shell, your mother’s hands or profile. It’s amazing how these perspectives change the way we see things.
Here are a few of my own photos of the details: