This week, we’re delighted to welcome John Steiner as a new member of our Lens-Artists team. For his topic, he asks us an intriguing question: What does change mean to us? My answer covers different types of change–some obvious, others more subtle.
Change From Morning to Night
Nothing endures but change.Heraclitus
Change is inevitable and predictable, but why does it surprise, annoy, upset and confuse us?
Life is always in flux. There’s an ebb and flow to the day and the weather, just as there is an ebb and flow to our moods, as well times of happiness and sadness.
From early morning to late at night, the skies lighten and darken, threaten and clear, obscure and clear. Here’s a series of images taken of the Duomo in Florence from day to night.
Change in the Seasons
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
The change in nature from winter to spring or summer to fall seems effortless, joyful. Fighting change seems to be part of the human experience, except for an enlightened few. I’m trying to embrace change, but it’s a work in progress.
Change on a Global and a Personal Level
The world as we have created it is a product of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.Albert Einstein
I think it’s safe to say that our world is in the midst of tremendous change. We are questioning our concepts of gender, race, democracy, autocracy, progress, materialism, freedom….to name a few.
Here’s a set of change on a more personal level. My husband, pictured on the left at age 7, is boarding a plane to Minnesota with his mother. They were on their way to the Mayo Clinic, where Rich would undergo life-saving cardiac surgery with the gifted, brilliant surgeon, Dr. John Kirklin. On the right, here is Rich again many years later with his wonderful white hair and white rimmed glasses. Clearly, the operation was a success and changed the course of his life…and mine, too!
Subtle Change….White Car, Red Car
Some change is subtle and happens in the blink of an eye. Last week, I was standing on a street corner near the Langham Hotel in downtown Boston and I captured the image on the left just as a white car passed. Then a minute later, a red car sped by.
Circling back to John’s initial question, change is a complex concept for me. Some changes are easy and welcome, like a change of scenery, a change in the light or the seasons. Others are far more worrisome and challenging, like the shift from middle age to that 30-year expanse that we erroneous call “old age.” I am trying to redefine my “later years” into a time of fulfilling long-held dreams and finding meaning in creative projects and reaching out to others.
Thanks Amy for last week’s inspiring Travel challenge. I loved seeing what travel means to all of you–at its best and even at its worst.
We hope you join us this week for John Steiner’s Change challenge. I’m looking forward to seeing what change means to you.
Next Saturday, February 12th at noon, Sofia Alves of Photografias will leading the challenge, so be sure to visit her beautiful site for all the details.
Until then, have a safe and inspiring week!