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Tim Kolodziej

November 7, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: Here's a photo experiment that just might make you smile


NEW CASTLE — 2) “We are probably missing so much about the people all around us” — The woman in the video who made that comment was correct.

We don’t know what we’re missing with the people around us.

That is, until we connect in some way.

Until we connect in some way, we can’t find out if there’s a real connection.

Until we connect in some way, we can’t find out if there’s NO real connection.

And both of those conclusions are OK. Both are real. Both result from true, genuine exploration.

We’ll never know until we know.

3) “I feel like I cared for her” — That sentiment was expressed by Brian, the poetry teacher, toward 95-year-old Reiko, the fashion designer.

That’s powerful.

And it’s a great teaching point we’ve all probably heard at some time, in some way.

•You can’t walk without taking a step.

•You can’t feel if you don’t touch.

•You can’t sail without leaving the harbor.

•You can’t truly experience life without connection.

In essense, Renaldi’s project is a beautiful reminder: True connection often occurs three or four layers deep.

In other words, any great photographer will tell you a photo becomes magical when the subjects STOP posing.

Take action and your emotions will catch up.

Let down your guard and be real.

Need less. Reach out more.

Touch. Experience. Feel.

I don’t know about you, but I was moved by the short video.

And I was truly convicted.

Too often I live by sight and not by faith.

Too often I rush to judgment by what a situation appears to be, only later discovering what it truly is.

Too often I forget that an icicle melts only when it meets warmth, yet I choose to remain cool.

A poser.

Way too often, that’s me.

I love how the video’s narrator, Steve Hartman, ends the piece on Renaldi’s unique experiment.

“He shows us humanity as it could be, as most of us wish it would be. And, as it was, at least for this one fleeting moment in time.”

Picture-perfect, if you ask me.

And that’s something to smile about.


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