My daughter and I were at a counseling session recently, talking about life. She sees everything as very black and white. I never realized this about her in the past. My son, yes, he’s always been very logical and concrete. But my daughter, she was more of a dreamer, a creative.
She brought up math. She says that’s why she loves math, it’s black and white, either you’re right or you’re wrong. There’s no maybe, no gray area. But as our counselor explained, it CAN be very grey. She’s very good with analogies. For example, in math, you have a definite problem, and a definite end, but everything in between can be very grey. You can get to the end many different ways sometimes. And that’s what happens in life. We have problems, and we have end goals (which may not always be so concrete as in math), but everything in between is very grey. Many ways to reach our goals. How we go about it, is what determines our path in life.
And I realized, this is why I, too, always loved math. It was always my favorite subject. I usually enjoyed the problem solving process, but I especially loved the fact that answers were either right or wrong. I was never a fan of having to make choices, or give opinions. I wanted everything to be black and white.
But I’ve also realized that, along with the preference for black and white, comes the need for expression. For something that allows you to be free from the concrete. Life can’t always be black and white. It isn’t. And we all need some outlet to allow us to feel the grey. For me, that’s why I love photography. I was never an art person. Hated it in school. I always said I wasn’t creative enough. And I couldn’t draw to save my life! But not all art has to involve pencils, or chalk, or paint. I chose photography as a way to express that creative side. That grey area. When I first started really getting into taking pictures, it was merely a means to capture the moments of my children’s lives. I wanted to remember their youth. But it quickly became more than just the people in the pictures. It was about creating art. Yes, using the subject, be it people, animals, or other “things”, but also experimenting with what you can do with the rest of what’s in the photo. Learning to really make a photo appealing, and draw others in to experience the expression of the art.
I posted a photo not too long ago on facebook that was black and white. A friend of mine commented about how she loves black and white photos, because it allows her to create the rest of the photo in her mind. I never really thought of black and white that way before. But it’s kind of a reminder, that even with black and white, there’s always room for interpretation, that grey area.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~Romans 15:13