Fauve artist Henry Matisse once said: The wall around the window does not create two worlds.
Whilst taking this photo in Newtown, a Filipino chaff asked me what my subject is. He gave me that confused look as if I was seeing something invisible to him. I told him I was taking pictures of the building.
He said nothing and then left. He seemed a little unimpressed.
I felt like I’m weird. In a good way though.
I do not think it was a perfect opportunity to explain to him that I’m doing a photography project on anything we commonly see around us and find meaning out of it. However, it made me realize that I am really doing something uncommon despite the common subjects of my photos.
Look closely at the image. Inside the window you’ll see a lady. I find it interesting to capture something I didn’t actually see when I took this shot. I examined her face and came to a conclusion that she is definitely a total stranger – which made me wonder what kind of life she’s leading. I have no plans of stalking her. I just wondered.
When I look at my life right now I would say our (me and that lady) worlds are entirely different. Well, maybe not. Who knows? I guess Henry’s quote was probably in the context of the physical world where we exist and he meant something else. Anyway, What I’m trying to say is that I am filled with amazement every time I bring to mind the reality that people’s lives are complexly diverse yet we go through similar experiences: we struggle, we dream, we hope, we desire to be happy. We exist in the same physical world but each one of us has a distinct world of our own even though we are under the same human species gifted with like ability to feel and breathe. God is indeed very wise to come up with this highly intelligent design.
Let me tell you one more thing before I end this post:
No matter how disparate our situations may be, we can all experience the same unconditional love and salvation that God offers to everyone. Our choice to accept it makes the difference.
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