Seeing in Sepia

12 Oct

I’ve always loved the sepia tone used frequently in photography. I know nothing of photography.  Lighting, angle, camera settings– all of this is foreign to me. But I know when I’m moved by a beautiful picture.  Sometimes the colors are muted, and there is one artifact in the photo that stands out among all the others, bright and vibrant. Like in life.

So often we are deluded in our day-to-day lives. We get caught up by a state of seduction with the past and in trying to predict the future.  This is seeing in sepia! In full color, are we not completely here, right now, captured by the very moment we are in? When we’re present we are not looking through a small lens but viewing everything in its vast expanse and context.

Seeing in sepia is not sensory. Seeing in sepia is  like trying to drive with a dirty, smoky windshield.

What would it be like for you to view your life and each moment in full color? Every taste, touch, scent, and sound resonating? Are you willing to wipe the windshield clean to experience your life as it is rather than what you feel is should be?

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2 Responses to “Seeing in Sepia”

  1. Donloree November 7, 2011 at 12:15 PM #

    I have been musing on this for awhile. For myself, living in full color was something I desperately avoided for most of my 20’s was because the colors aren’t always happy. Being willing to experience full color sometimes means the experiencing the darkest shades of black imaginable; but it also means the brightest of white, fuchsia, canary, and lime. Having and experiencing all of your life is not easy, but it is beautiful. Loved this post.

    • kpropst November 8, 2011 at 1:14 PM #

      As Jon Kabat-Zinn would say, living in full color means experiencing the “full catastrophe”. 🙂 No, not always easy.

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