A picture is worth a thousand words, right?
Recently my buddy Tony Staires and I got together for a bit to talk about life, issues, and challenges. Afterwards, he and I drove downtown. I wanted some good, high quality glamour shots, and Tony agreed to take them. I’m no photographer, so I relied on Tony’s keen eye for detail on locations to take the best pictures.
Oddly enough, he wanted to take pictures in front of abandoned buildings.
I remember thinking to myself, “Standing in front of an abandoned building taking pictures doesn’t make any sense. I don’t see how I’ll have impressive pictures if they include rundown, abandoned old buildings.”
But here’s what I didn’t know: old, abandoned buildings have more details and contrast better against a subject than most new buildings.
Because of this: an old building has had some pretty amazing experiences that helped shape what it eventually would become.
The nicks and scratches and holes and dents: they define the appearance of the building. Imperfections give the building its character.
In a sense, imperfections tell a story.
And that’s the same with humans, isn’t it?
Look at yourself for a moment. What imperfections do you have? What scratches and dents have you accumulated over the years?
What story do they tell?
Next time you want to take a great shot, find a building with character.
Next time you want to learn more about people, find a person who’s been through life a little. Find a person with character.
Because a picture is worth a thousand words.