Seek colour! Finally a challenge that should be easy enough . After all, I do have enough practice seeing the world through rose tinted glasses.
Right away the ordinary okra patch, currently resembling a mini Amazonian forest of green , made me look twice . It was like a super power granted to me. Yup ! That’s a pop of colour .
My newly acquired senses tingled . Did the house across the street suddenly take on an electric hue? Oh ! The things we do for a good looking photo . I twisted myself into angles, balance precariously on one foot, all to avoid curious passerby and ugly electric wires crisscrossing the frame ( a definite signpost that we live in an urban jungle, a tangled mess our vines weave).
I snapped quite a few and deleted many. One of the pleasures of digital photography – easy clicks and even easier binning without the heart ache of wasting a camera roll. On the flip side , one is stuck for indeterminate number of minutes that could stretch into hours, entranced with our smartphones.
” Are you playing Pokemon Go?”
” My game is called Poke it till it glows”, rapidly swiping through the camera filters.
Honestly, clicking an artistic photo without attracting attention is impossible .
So how does the eye see the beauty that the camera refuses to lovingly frame ? I realise now why it is called a challenge.
Perhaps a building from another era that stopped me in my tracks, does the trick.
How about when the night falls and all one expects to see is a shadowy silhouette, the moon takes you by surprise . That’s a flash light in the inky black sky!
Yes , I’m on the roll. To think it has only been a few days since I became mindful of what I was seeing and already I feel my sense of perceiving colours heightened.
The countryside is greener than ever and the advertisement pasted on the wall, for yet another sale, strikes me every time I pass. I blame its flaming orange background . In the distance , the skyline is rapidly dotting with bourgeoning shopping complexes, malls, luxury apartments, telephone towers but it does not distract me from chasing rainbows .
Yes, my world is definitely becoming brighter and colourful regardless of the grey monsoon sky.