a lattice of crystal on Flickr.
The reason I took up photography after so many years was to re-learn how to see the world around me. This is a talent so many of us lose as we become adults, as our minds become cluttered with abstract worries about.
At first it doesn’t take much effort: look up at the sky to see the beauty of the stars or the shapes hidden in clouds, as you did when you were a child. Look at the old architecture on the buildings above the facade of McDonald’s and GAP. Watch for the accidental shapes formed by the juxtaposition of shadow and light.
Soon you are drawn deeper. When you start to look at the world around you, you will be amazed at the beauty you can find, and you will marvel at those people stomping past with their heads down, not even noticing the sunset, or the stork flapping lazily above the rooftops, or the glint of light from a frozen cobweb.