IS THE GLASS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY
PERSPECTIVE-a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.
I have a vivid memory of myself as a child getting “the” talk from my father. We were at the Newport Creamery and I must have been complaining about something when he pushed a water glass at me. He asked if it was half empty or half full, it was both. The conversation stuck with me and made me realize that one can choose a perspective and be proactive rather than get pushed into a corner and be reactive. So much of how we approach our lives is about our perspective, our attitude as to how we approach our work. As a photographer, I am essentially forced to be an open, creative person. Assignments differ so much from day to day and I must make immediate real time decisions. I still, however, must walk out having met expectations of both myself and my clients. A few years ago, I was thinking about this while working for a very large corporate client who was in the throes of severe downsizing. The morale of the employees was in a chaotic and confused state and I decided to see if I could help. My concept was to allow employees the opportunity to see how important they, and their work was to themselves and their client. I’m thinking about this now because we are all going to come through this pandemic and start fresh reestablishing old and new relationships to get our businesses back on track. So, what does that look like? How will you be approaching a time when everyone wants to move forward? I suggest that the answer is in our shared sense of story and how we can tell those stories to change perspectives. The accompanying images allowed employees to view themselves not through their own eyes but through the eyes of all the participating viewers and this bit of distance allowed them to see the good they were doing in a broader and more positive way. Sometimes it’s good to step away and view where we are, this alone can create a more positive perspective. Choosing a perspective is choosing a direction and all of us will be faced with that dilemma soon. what will your perspective be?