A few months ago I bought a book- The Art of Noticing Things: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration and Discover Joy in the Everyday by Rob Walker. This book is filled with little exercises to help you unlock areas that may have become dormant.
When I bought this book, I was particularly stressed. I was having trouble finding beauty, or anything in the day to day- I felt like I was putting out fires and trying to set up a plan towards an end goal and I had no time left to dream or create. And I easily worked through the first three exercises, so quickly that I thought that the next 131 days would be blogs about my experiences.
- The weather got hot
- the book did make me start looking at things differently
- I started to get my creative mojo back.
What does this mean?
It means that you’ll get 3 or 4 posts inspired by this book in the next few weeks, and then none till at least January unless they pop up on anything can happen friday…
The first exercise is based on spotting security cameras…when you’re out walking, look specifically for security cameras.
When walking with the intent of finding security cameras, here are my observations:
- you feel like a criminal if you’re looking for security cameras in stores
- Almost every traffic light has at least one camera pointed at it
- There are very few buildings on my block without at least one camera
- buildings on corners are more likely to have cameras
- buildings that have service doors are more likely to have security cameras
- are these security cameras operational?
- how many times have the police needed to access footage?
- how long do they hold footage?
- does anyone actually look at the footage?
- how many stupid things have I done that have been recorded?
I could not believe how many security cameras are in a two block radius of my apartment building- including how many are actually on or in my building, which is not considered a high security building.
This was definitely an eye opening experience…no pun intended… I couldn’t believe that I had never noticed these before. I can’t help but wonder how man other things that I miss that are RIGHT THERE! IN FRONT OF MY FACE!
What did I learn from this first exercise? There are so many things to see if you open your eyes. I’m going to try to be more aware of my surroundings, looking for the beauty and the ugly, the true and the false, the hope and the despair.