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 complained 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 proactive perspective rather than get pushed into a corner and be reactive. 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 today, and I must make immediate real-time decisions. I still, however, must walk out, having met the expectations of both myself and my clients. A few years ago, I was thinking about this while working for an extensive corporate client who was in the throes of severe downsizing. The employees’ morale was in a chaotic and confused state, and I decided to see if I could help. My concept was to allow employees 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 the eyes of all the participating viewers. This bit of distance allowed them to see the good they were doing more broadly and positively. 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?