One of my favorite quotes is from the beautiful novel "Fugitive Pieces":
"Important lessons: look carefully; record what you see.
Find a way to make beauty necessary;
find a way to make necessity beautiful."
~ Anne Michaels
I read the book for my English class in 11th grade, and amidst the hours of analysis and interpretation, I was enraptured by the beautiful language throughout the novel. It was as if any line could be clipped and quoted, framed and extrapolated to find meaning in life. I realized that the world too shared that property: any moment could be captured, framed, interpreted for a greater meaning. Just as written so poetically in the quote, beauty can be found in the most painful settings, and it is the beauty, not the pain, that gives life meaning.
Of course, life isn't a literary analysis. As I learned through extensive research in sociology, the world is become more and more connected, and the most powerful tool is the ability to see (biologically, psychologically and sociologically). By seeing I mean much more than the biological process of light entering the cornea and undergoing a series of synapses... I am referring to the human experience. And the ability to see is enhanced by technology: in the form of cameras, computers, the internet. When the world is a click away, when you can essentially see the surface of Mars, the dark trenches of the Pacific, the nucleus of a human cell, the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam, and a picture of Taylor Swift with her latest boyfriend within a minute, the significance of seeing begins to shift to perspective. After all, what we see (hear, smell, etc) is subjective. Human history and personal biography intertwine to give each individual sensation a unique significance.
My first step into the world of photography gave me an idea: that in the end, life is but a series of moments, a sequence of memories, a string of photographs. This will be the string that holds some key photographs. Literally.
I am young. Still finding my way through life. Stumbling, exploring the smaller trails. Getting lost on an incredible detour. Taking in the new wonders on and off the main road, each adventure a chance to give experiences new meaning.
Free to live. Free to love. Free to imagine.