Koi Fish – Purpose and Possibility

As I was putting together an added bonus – Reflections: Photos and Queries – Using Photography for Breakthrough Shifts in Seeing, Communicating, and Being – for my Through and From The Lens course that’s returning on Monday, October 14, the Koi fish photos below caught my eyes. Tap/Click on Through and From The Lens for course details.

What I’m seeing is below each photo. What do you see as you look at them?

Clove of garlic waiting for answers

Although seemingly looking off the page, this top fish is facing downwards
intentionally bringing your attention to his/her friends.

koi fish in Butterfly WorldIn this second photo, I find fascinating the seemingly transparent tail of the fish. I also love the play, rhythm and contrast of the sky reflections.

Koi fish swimming aimlessly or is it with focus in Butterfly WorldIn the third photo, and maybe in them all, the fish seem to symbolize a smooth and gentle ease as they navigate their way through, in and around their environment.

Self-Reflecting Queries: 
As I look further at the third photo, I wonder, “Are the fish focused on a specific direction, heading toward something, or are they simply wandering?”  Your thoughts? Do you feel the flow that I do?

I’m likely viewing the scene from my own perspective of oftentimes myself wandering through life. What is your customary style and pattern in your day-to-day living?

Are there some elements of your behavior you would like to transform?

What if there were visuals, such as photos you take, and/or others in a group you’re in might take, that would open you to seeing things in new ways in many different areas of your life?

The act of focusing regularly with my camera (iPhone these days) helps me with focus in other areas of my life also.

One of the benefits of the Through and From The Lens program is experiencing the variety of participants’ points of view in their photographs. All start out with the same simple element each week.

This experience often results in an openness to new ways of seeing in other areas of their lives also, beyond the camera.

See TFTL – Seeing Beyond

One past participant was planning a trip for 11 years, across Route 66, and had yet to get in action.  Something he experienced in Through and From The Lens had him get into action immediately and he was on the road within a month! He successfully walked from Chicago to Santa Monica!!!

Another past participant:

“I had the remarkable experience of being in a class with Sheila. I was feeling as though I didn’t have time for something as ‘frivolous’ as photography… a luxurious use of time. Was I ever surprised…

How energizing the class was! My creativity seemed to expand in all phases of my business! I found myself looking at everything in my life with new eyes.”

You can read the latter statement and others on TFTL details.

As always, your response to the photos, queries and other comments are welcome. Please write them in the Leave a Reply box under this post.

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