Trust me, everyone, I’m surprised too. Two blog posts delivered as promised two weeks? Am I alright? Is this the return of consistency? Well, now that the bottleneck of an intensive post about Beauty and The Beast is out of the way, I’d like to think so. But for anyone who kept count, it’s clear that that last post made eight, meaning that it’s time to move on from Close Reading Everything to a new series. So, without further ado, let me introduce my next series: I Wish I’d Had A Camera.
Every day we all walk past hundreds (if you live in New York, probably thousands) of people who have just as rich, deep, and complex emotional life as we do. As easy as this might be to grasp logically, it’s incredibly hard to actually feel. Every so often, though, there’s a moment in which that difficultly melts away and we truly feel the reality of others. Whether it’s a moment of heartbreaking sadness or exuberant joy or simply a moment when it feels that so much is hanging in the balance, these moments show us that there’s something behind that face just as real what lurks behind ours. There’s a whole genre of photography dedicated to doing exactly this, to making other people seem real to us. In these next 8 posts, I want to try doing the same through writing.
Each week I’ll talk about one moment over the past week in which I saw someone, whether I walked past them on the street or sat across from them on the subway, and one particular freeze-frame moment that resonated powerfully with me. I won’t have interacted with them in any way, just borne witness to a moment, a single instant, that made me wonder at or realize the life that brought them there and would carry them on for it. In doing so, I hope I can make this world and the people in it seem a little more wonderful to all of you.
We’ll be back with the first installment of this new series tomorrow (hooray for consistency!). See you all then! In the meantime, see if you notice any moments like the ones I’ve described here, moments when someone else really becomes real to you. Once you do notice them, you’ll start seeing them everywhere.
With excitement and optimism,