Thoughts from yesterday evening.
Yesterday's prompt was inspiration; today's is perspective. Inspiration and perspective stand in balance; perhaps we can see them as two sides of the same coin. Both, certainly, are gifts of God, part of being made in his creative image. Inspiration is the flash of a new idea, often taking the form of a new perspective, a new way of seeing some one thing in its relation to the whole.
Such inspiration is the essence of good photography. Photography is a way of recording and presenting what I see. At a deeper level, it is itself a way of seeing. I don't really know what something looks like until I take the photograph. Photography is a way of seeing with the eyes of my mind and of my heart.
I was out a week ago with the Holga Pinhole Camera loaded with 35mm film. Just the "wide 35" of shooting panoramic 35mm in a medium-format camera is going to skew reality. Combine that with the fact that the film didn't feed straight, and with the low-contrast graininess of cross-processed color film and you have a perspective bordering on the surreal.
That I find inspiring.