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Looking At The Small Picture


Photo Credit: davescunningplan

After obtaining my first ever DSLR camera, I developed an interest in taking really close-up pictures of things like flowers, insects and small inaimate objects. In the photography circle, this technique is called macro photography.

I’m not going to talk about the technical details and my skills (or rather, the lack of it) in macro photography. I’d just like to share how taking photos of small objects changed my perspective of objects around me.

The most obvious change that I noticed is that I’m spending more time looking at small objects that I previously wouldn’t look at for more than three seconds. I tend to imagine framing the object and composing it on a virtual picture in my mind.

Small and seemingly insignificant things do in fact have an aspect of beauty to it. You just have to focus on it a little bit more. What’s 20 to 30 seconds compared to the new insight gained on the object?

This observation is not only limited to photography, but can be implemented in life as well. For so long the phrase “look at the big picture” has been hammered into our mind that we often overlook the details… sometimes expensively.

Imagine trying to get a huge project running when you have no clue on how the smaller processes contribute to the project’s overall success. I’m not saying one should micro-manage, on the contrary as a project lead one must understand the importance of the smaller processes. If you have a subordinate responsible for a particular process, then make sure he understands it inside-out. Most important of all, he must reliable and dependable.

I have seen and even been in projects that have failed due to task managers not identifying the importance of managing their processes properly. They all thought, “This is just a minor part of the project. Nobody will notice if I half-assed it anyway.”

Well, as the old saying goes, it’s the cog that makes the wheel go round. Lose one and chances are you’ll lose the entire wheel.

So the next time you’re assigned what seems like a menial job, spend more time to think how it contributes to a bigger cause. You might discover that it’s not as small a task as you initially thought.