Marisa D. Aceves. Shredded Paradise. digital photography http://www.acevesart.com/
article by Marisa D. Aceves
The closet door is rotten.
Old wood from the roof pollutes the rain water that has been collecting in the pots, pans and storage containers we strategically placed on the porch.
We know the sleeping porch will eventually collapse.
My grandparents house is 114 years old.
Everything in it is falling apart, rusting away and crumbling into oblivion.
The whole scene might make you cry if you dare to follow us up those leaning cement steps to the front door, yet there is hidden beauty in our pain.
We must prepare the house to be sold as is.
It is the last connection we have to a time when the world seemed less chaotic.
Nothing in the house appears to have any value except for its location.
It sits right in the heart of our city’s historical district.
The guidelines require that the front of the house must be preserved, but the inside can be stripped of it’s character and remodeled.
Do we need this old house?
Do we wish that we could keep it in the family?
However, this is not possible.
Some people might say that cleaning an old house isn’t inspiring.
There’s nothing exciting about it; especially when you know that its the beginning of closure.
Inspiration though is something you you decide to find.
You have to choose to see what is valuable in each and every situation.
Recently, I have decided to find inspiration in the hidden treasures that I find as I clean the dust off the antique furniture and floors.
Sometimes messes are potential masterpieces.
The key to finding inspiration in unexpected places is to keep your mind open to the possibilities that surround you.
No one is going to drop by and tell you, “Yes, this will make a great picture. Take it.”
Instead, it is a feeling that you get.
It is almost instinctual.
There is no formula for knowing what is great subject matter; each artist has to discover that for themselves.
Breaking old patterns and reexamining old patterns can lead to new discoveries.
Look at the things that you do every day.
Approach them from a different point of view.
For example, in the above picture entitled “Shredded Paradise”, I noticed that there was beauty in the shredded curtains that use to hang in the second bedroom.
I was sweeping one minute, then snapping this picture the next.
Today, I challenge you to see what is great in what everyone else considers ordinary.
You may find that the subject matter for your next photo essay, painting, sculpture, etc. has been sitting right in front of you.
It has been unappreciated, undiscovered; it is all yours.