“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” — Anais Nin

After some raucous occurences in some local community groups here in good ol’ St. Louis, I realized how true this statement is: Rarely do we see things as they really are (or who someone really is). We view them through the filters of our experiences, and tint them to the hue that is most comfortable to our sight.

Growing up, when I was shooting film, I preferred Ektachrome over Kodachrome, and it took me a long to understand why: Kodachrome gave a warmer overall tone to images, while the Ektachrome was cooler. To this day, I still prefer cooler blues to warmer reds. But, being a more experienced photographer (and, hopefully, more well-rounded), I have since learned that there is room for cool and warm in my palette.

We should, as neighbors on this silly little planet, have room on our own palettes for everyone’s colors and hues, whether or not they completely compatible with our own. I know that’s a pipe dream. I don’t always succeed in behaving as patiently or tolerantly as I might, but I try.

“Life lives, life dies. Life laughs, life cries. Life gives up and life tries. But life looks different through everyone’s eyes.” — Unattributed,


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