It’s all how you look at things.
I really believe this, and it applies to all areas of my life. I won’t bore you with a whole bunch of sappy stories but I will make two examples, starting with this photo.
I took this photo in Medellin, Colombia during a school trip a year ago. I won’t bore you with details of that either, I’ll just say it was one of the most amazing weeks of my life. This shot was taken up on top of the city, at the new Spanish Library. Architecturally, the project is amazing, and I was really excited to photograph it. And then we arrived, and they were re-finishing the exterior! I was so bummed, and when I snapped this photo I mostly thought about how annoying it was that this guy was hanging there ruining my architectural shot. Then I got home, fooled around with the photo a bit in photoshop, and suddenly realized it was one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. And the construction worker actually adds a huge amount to the photo!
On a completely different and much lighter note, while out walking Basel tonight I noticed there was this shopping cart hanging out in the bus stop across from my building. And all I could think about was what a nice black shopping cart this was, real quality, and if I trundled it home I could probably make something really cool out of it! Bookshelves, storage, a lamp! The possibilities were endless!! But, I live in a small NYC apt, and I do have a marginal amount of self constraint, so I walked on by and left the cart where it was. But I guarantee, that for the next few days at least I will continue to dream about that shopping cart and the amazing things I could have done with it.