What defines this woman in your mind?
Thank you, jair_100 at
who specializes in Street Photography,
for this beautiful photo
I was mesmerized by her face. I can see that you were, too.
You captured her tired and weathered soul. You captured her work ethic.
She is a woman who worked hard all her life, and continues to do so.
Externally, her lines define her character. Her eyes define her outward condition.
Some say the eyes are the windows to the soul, but I cannot judge.
We really can’t tell what is going on inside her.
She is beautiful.
But we all have heard “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
What defines us?
I pondered that question as I read your blog, jair, re:
The 3-Level Theory of Performance applied for Street Photography
I read it and decided The 3-Level Theory of Performance is a theory that can be applied to life in general, not just to Street Photography.
In your blog dated 16 enero, 2019
you quoted Nadia Comaneci when she said,
“I noticed from a young age there are only three kinds of people in the world. Three kinds of people in the gym. Three kinds of people walking the streets. Three kinds of people working in every company:
- The first group of people, the coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and they do only 7. They make an excuse, or they say, “7 is good enough, why do 10?” These people never win and are the perennial losers in whatever field of endeavor they are in. They cut corners and do sloppy work.
- The second group of people, the coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and they do 10. These people will win, sometimes. They at least do what is asked.
- And then there is the rare, third group, and I (Nadia) am in that third group. The coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and I always did 15. Always over-deliver. And this is how I won 5 Olympic Gold Medals.”
That Beautiful Mexican Woman
Look again at the picture toro bravo photography took of that elderly, lined, tired-looking, Mexican matriarch. She obviously is in the third group! When 10 was enough, she did 20! She never slacked. She has not quit yet! Her lines define her… exposed to the sun, stead-fast and reliable, she makes sure her family is fed. She receives few accolades, but she does not rely on external praise to do what must be done. She knows. She over-delivers. She deserves 10 gold medals!
What defines you?
If toro bravo photography took a picture of you and posted it, what would people say or surmise about you? Are you in the rare third group?
Is our outward appearance a true test of our definition?
Is our behavior a better test of our definition?
What is it that really matters?
Can anyone see through our eyes into our soul?
Think about it.
What do you say?
What defines you?