Sunflower Halved Hypersaturated

Sunflower Halved Hypersaturated
Yes this is a real sunflower I took this shot a couple of summers ago in the garden outside my work window

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Concept: LEMON

At our office cookout, well it wasn't a cookout this time around we were at a restaurant at the country club, regardless I got a slight inspiration from my water glass. So I staged it and took the shot.

I like it because to me it represents fresh (lemon), refreshing (lemon and water), how hot it was outside (glass half empty) and just simplicity at its best! After uploading the image to my photobucket account I had the opportunity to manipulate it even further.

The different views of this image that I created got me thinking in a broader context. Do we think about all of the faces we wear daily? People pleasing is not something I'm into and for the most part I am consistently the same with everyone. I learned the valuable lesson of people categorizing from a friend. And when I say categorizing it is just to state that people show you who they really are and what they are really about early on. It is us, the receivers, who choose not to receive a hundred percent of the information being presented to us completely. It took me a while to get that statement and actually be able to apply it in my dealings with others, however it is the best thing that I could have ever done. I go to sleep not tossing and turning because I did not express myself as I wished, but with a clear conscience and ready for the next task in life.

I now pose the question to you, are you tired of trying to portray yourself in a variety of different lights, whether it's to keep the peace with family and friends or trying to get that new promotion at work? Have you thought about how much that wears you out? Trying to maintain a persona that is not your own...what a strenuous task. Like the lemons in the slide show we all have the chance when meeting someone with no knowledge of our background to present ourselves as being better, bigger, richer, smarter and so on than we really are, but who are we really fooling. Clearly at first you may think it is the other person, but the one who truly suffers is you. It's almost as if you become a shell of your true self by trying to hide behind this "perfect" image of what you think others will like you for. And yet we wander why so many people do not know a true friend!

What, may I ask, is wrong with the original image? The person you truly are? If someone fails to accept you as you are, are they really worth spending time and energy trying to convince otherwise?