Observation Skills: Three Things
"Training our awareness is important, not only for writing, but for experiencing life moment to moment. Here is an observation exercise I do daily — not as a discipline, but to alleviate boredom. I do this exercise when I am standing in line a the DMV or grocery store, or walking to get somewhere, or otherwise experiencing what used to be dead time. Before, my thoughts would turn on themselves, like a cat licking and licking its fur, obsessively grooming. Now I simply say to myself: Three things. Look around, observe three things that are striking or unusual, and note them." — Kim Addonizio
Kept this gorgeous advice from Kim Addonizio's Ordinary Genius in mind on my walk from free parking to the gallery today. Witnessed:
- stellar alliteration at the christian youth program place on Luck Ave. "Faith and Fun" "Straight Streets" "Hope and Help"
- an office plant pushing through closed mini blinds to reach the light
- an open, full, can of AriZona Sweet Tea set in the center of the wide sidewalk adjacent to the windowless wall of the Verizon data center.
Addonizio's approach reminds me a ton of the guiding aesthetic behind street photogrpahy, a few great examples of which are below:
Some artists, like those below, strategically vie for this sort of attention, installing works directly into the gallery of the daily world.
What have you seen lately?