SPRING IS THE perfect time to “fall in love with the world.”
That act of “falling in love” is the simple secret to success according to Dewitt Jones, a great American photographer and modern-day philosopher.
Hopefully, one of the takeaways for the Leadership Carteret Class of 2016 is that they are now equipped to see the “Ordinary as Extraordinary.”
Jones’ video is required viewing for each Leadership class. He is a professional photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic magazine. He is also a motivational speaker and author with impeccable credentials.
“We all have creative potential within us,” Jones says. “It is the ability to see the ordinary as the extraordinary. We’ve all had those moments … and have felt its true uniqueness. Those moments are like falling in love. I realize this isn’t a very business-like metaphor, but that’s what creativity is … falling in love with the world.”
Reframe problems into opportunities.
As a photographer does, choose your lens, your angle, your perspective … to get a right answer. Then, change it up to find another right answer and then another … because there is more than one right answer to every challenge. Don’t stop, don’t ever give up.
Do not settle and pack up your bags with the first “quick answer.” Have the patience to do it right to get the best answer.
As technological advancements have changed our world – such as moving photographers from film to digital – speed of delivery butts heads with perfection and quality of work.
Jones says he may submit 14,000 photographic images to illustrate an article for National Geographic; 30 may make the final cut to be considered by editors.
“I am not thinking about being afraid to make mistakes. It’s not win-lose, it’s win-learn.”
His advice is to “train your technique and put yourself in the place of most potential. There are only so many windows of opportunity – those decisive moments when you have to be ready to take advantage.”
Caring for the people he photographs is one of Jones’ hallmarks. “Show them compassion, and they will open like flowers. It’s the light from the inside that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.”
The 35-member Leadership Carteret class graduated March 18, with ceremonies held at The Country Club of the Crystal Coast in Pine Knoll Shores.
Their faces formed a magnificent floral bouquet.
Mike Wagoner, President
Carteret County Chamber of Commerce