“Creativity arises from our ability to see things from many different angles.” — Keri Smith, How to Be An Explorer of the World, p. 19
I’ve been exploring the world around me with the aforementioned book as a companion, thanks to its being a Christmas gift from a friend and Flock choosing it as our summer read-along. (This photo comes from “Exploration 18: Structure”, in which you are to document parts of a building or buildings that most people ignore.) I pass those old (now unused) lock sockets every day that I am or have been at the office. With the exception of approximately ten sick day and ten days of vacation, plus holidays the office shuts down, that’s 5 days a week for 3 1/2 years.
I never noticed the lines in the paint before, how they catch the light, or how the paint is so thick it almost makes it look like paper mache. I never noticed the trapped air, the other indentations in the paint job, or the dimension in the sockets themselves. You can’t see it in the photo, but my boss’s grandson had stuck a green paperclip in the top one.
It makes me wonder…How much of our lives and our surroundings go unnoticed every minute of every day? What interesting bits are we missing? What hidden surprises are going unfound? How much creativity have I missed out on?
Good questions. The only thing left to do is to continue exploring.