I'm frequently regretting my choice of footwear as I find myself climbing on rocks, trees or sketchy fire escapes to capture more context to make pictures exceed the need for only a thousand words.
Why? For the love of cars.
If you're a car person you know what I'm talking about - *wink wink nudge nudge*
Growing up I played in a segregated playroom divided by the toy bins. Hot wheels tracks, firetrucks and action figures littered the according blue play mats while dolls were arranged neatly on fashion runway displays. Frequently scolded for being found on the "wrong" side of this room I found myself sitting in the center of the room defiantly racing my Barbie doll around in a remote control model against the other boys.
Adding a softening filter to the image already lit with fog to bring out the surreal appearance of an already dream like frame. Saturation adds the glow back to a faded paint job. But there isn't much you can do to edit what you didn't see to take in the first place.
Borrowing wisdom from a favorite writer David Foster Wallace and his parable - (Watch What is Water)
"There is two fish swimming along, they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way who nods at them and says, 'Morning boys how's the water?' The two fish swim on for a bit before one eventually turns to the other and asks, 'What the hell is water?'"
He points out, "The point of this story is merely that the most obvious and important realities are often the hardest to see and talk about."
Zoom out the focus of your lens from the narrow interpretation of life from your own narrative. This is the automatic way we experience life when operating on a default setting that only sees the world how we want to see it. Unburdened by the notion that others around us are racing the same track experiencing the same constraints. If you can reveal the inconvenient truths you will know you have other options in how to think and what to pay attention to. This is real freedom. You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn't.