As a, creative, photographer, glasses wearer and dyslexic (just a few labels) what I see varies.
Take the photo above, a lovely orchid card on a wooden background. What I see is an orchid I had at home that cheered me up when I was poorly.
Here is another shot of a pattern. When discussing it with friends some thought it was fabric. I also posted it in my Instagram stories and a few didn’t like it. That is absolutely fine and I think there would of been more no’s if I told people what the pattern was made from. It was a tooth on a background manipulated through Adobe Capture.
One more example of what one person sees is different to another. This is myself wearing a faux wrap dress I had made. The fabric has a lovely floral print, but it doesn’t fit properly. I was frantically putting hand stitches in the front to protect my modesty before going to work. I then didn’t feel comfortable and put a safety pin in. A few colleagues gave me some lovely compliments. All I could think of was I hope I don’t have wardrobe malfunction, this dress doesn’t fit and it’s going to the charity shop.
For me I am trying not to worry as much about what other people see and concentrate on what I see. Which in the case of the card is it looks pretty and would cheer up anyone. The pattern won’t be used for anything, as I wanted to test perception. The dress was my practice garment and so I learnt that there needs to be more adjustments if I make it again.
I think we can always change what we see by not adding judgement to a situation when we don’t have all of the facts. Then be open to get all of the facts.