Seeing With New Eyes by Sarah Bryan

I love looking at Emily’s photos. I’ve had the pleasure of watching her work and observing her process since 2011, and I never fail to be captivated by the way she makes ordinary things so very compelling. As I transferred files to my new laptop, I discovered photos she took during a trip to my hometown, Athens, Georgia. Though I remembered the trip, I had forgotten about several of the photos, particularly a series she took in my parents’ kitchen and breakfast room during dinner.

The photos were simple, really, just dinner plates, the stove, a bulletin board. Nothing I’d never seen before; in fact, I’d been seeing those things my whole life. Yet, now, they were different, even poetic. I saw the beauty of the mundane things that formed the backdrop of my childhood. I felt the warmth of my homeplace, and the remembered again everything I loved about my home. I saw my world with new eyes, and discovered beauty I had overlooked.

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I saw old things in a new way, and isn’t that the heart of creativity? Creativity is seeing with new eyes, but creativity needs a new perspective if it’s to stay fresh. Emily photo’s gave me a new perspective on things I’d known my whole life, but I don’t have to wait for someone else to help me see things in a new way. I can train my eyes to do what her camera lens did for me. I can approach the normal things of life from a new angle; turn them sideways, get up close, pull back, and walk all around until I find an undiscovered angle. Seeking a new perspective hones my Creative Vision to find beauty and inspiration in all things, not just exciting things.

What about you? How can you reset your vision to see things in a new way? Emily’s lens opened my eyes to a new way of seeing, and I bet there are lens that will help you see your world in new ways, too. Pay attention to the little things in your world. Look for beauty. Seek out details, and watch for inspiration. I guarantee you’ll find far more than you ever expected.

To see more of Emily's amazing Creative Vision and photography, visit her on Instagram.


Sarah HeadshotSarah is the co-founder of Bright Ideas, a designer by trade, and an artist by passionate choice. She was born and raised in South, and delights in sharing Southern culture with anyone who cares to learn. Sarah collects creative hobbies; when she isn’t making art, you can usually find her on the dance floor. Follow her creative adventures on Instagram and Twitter!