What do you see? Seems a simple enough question. But sometimes, many times, we are so distracted by life that we don’t see life. We don’t notice what is right in front of us, the amazing details, the small moments, all the little things that are really big things. My Open to Delight series is about being aware of those small details and moments. One of my favorite quotes also reminds us to hone our See-ing muscles:
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau
So my Finds for this Friday are wonderful examples of the practice of Seeing. They both have a similar theme but what’s great about them is the simplicity of the idea. You can do this, too.
Kjell Bloch Sandved, a Norwegian photographer, has searched and found the entire alphabet in the wings of butterflies. You can read and see more by clicking here.
Adam Voiland, noticed patterns and letters in satellite images and searched until he could see the entire alphabet in those images. Read and see more here.
In 2009, before I had read about Sandved’s or Voiland’s projects, I found the alphabet in Switzerland over the course of a week’s visit.