As in the focal length of camera lenses as a way of thinking about focal length in our lives.
Dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp shares different examples of artist’s work: some have a panoramic view, some work in the distance – observing and observed, whilst others are close up. Of photographer Ansel Adams, Tharp offers:
‘Earth and heaven in their most expansive form was how Adams saw the world. It was his signature, and expression of his creative temperament. It was his DNA.’*
This got me thinking.
I love when ideas from different people come together and open up possibilities, and these thoughts from Tharp appear to collide with Otto Scharmer‘s about how we need to be people opening our minds, our hearts, and our wills towards an emerging future.
Seeing the panoramic or bigger picture means opening our seeing and understanding to there being more; inhabiting the middle ground is about getting closer to see and hear and touch the details we cannot appreciate in the big vista (we see and feel, and are seen and felt); and, the up-close (macro?) is about involvement, commitment, delivery with no escape.
Two thoughts then.
All focal lengths are desirable for our lives: the big picture of more, the close enough to see and be seen, and the up close and engaged.
We’ll also have a favourite lens. Our signature, as Tharp puts it.
(From Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit.)