Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Three Little Words

iPhone photo, Instagram edit

When my dad {the man who taught me how to think} suggests that I think about something...well...I do.

Let me back up a bit. At the end of February, I sent my dad the link to my project 365. This year I've been matching a favorite quote with a photo each day. When I sent him the first two months worth of quotes, I asked him if he had any favorites. He replied with a quote from an architect {which isn't surprising, since that's his profession} and a little challenge.

He wrote:

There's a quote from Architect Mies van der Rohe that has stayed with me the longest... 
I've found it to apply to so many things beyond the foundation for his Architecture .....


think about it..........I'll come up with others as I follow the blog.....



Later that same day, after getting his email, I was playing around with...yes, you guessed macro lens. My goal with this little leaf was to get up close and focus on the pointy tips that defined its shape. It wasn't until I looked at the shot on my phone that I noticed the outline of the heart made by the veins in the leaf! By focusing on less, I discovered more than I imagined! The quote immediately popped into my mind, as it has so may times these last few weeks. 

In design, as in life, many of us long to simplify. 

And these three words are very helpful. 
I'll be thinking about them! Will you?!!?

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  1. Is this not perfect?!? I have no words, but then none are needed!

  2. Love this! Who would've thought there would be a heart there? I love God's little surprises! (And I always wondered where that quote came from.) Great post!

  3. This is just perfect! Lovely!

  4. I did a report on Mies in 8th grade and have been in love with that phrase and his work and his idea since then!


  5. What a gorgeous macro... love the quote too. I just gave away most of my things,... and (surprisingly) it feels so good to purge :)

  6. What a fab photo and such a great quote :)

  7. Lovely macro shot of the leaf. Details are always more intriguing at this size! Is this that macro lens again? Cool!

  8. Wow! I think I kinda love your dad :)

  9. What a great Daddy! Love the heart on the leaf! You miss so much when not looking. The little things are the big things!

  10. WOW! I was gonna ask if you had cropped that heart into the picture! How amazing that it was there all on its on! I wonder how many little things like that are around if we just take the time to look! :)

  11. how cool is that? loved the photo and the post today. Stopping by from mama kats kelley at the road goes ever ever on

  12. Less is More has been my mantra for most of my adult life. And it started simply enough. I am wildly allergic to dust. Less stuff = fewer things to get dusty. And then it just wormed its way into my entire life.

    I love it that the leaf has a heart and you were able to capture it. Smart man, your dad. :)

  13. I will be thinking about it - and that photo is amazing. I'm always joyfully surprised when I see something in a photo that I didn't see, or didn't expect.

  14. Less is more is something I try (and struggle) to live with. Great post!

  15. I've always loved that quote! A powerful message in a three word quote. It gives you lots to think about, doesn't it?

  16. the heart in the veins of the leaf is amazing. and I like your dad's quote - well not sure if he coined it - but many times less is truly more….
    In fact,
    I was just mentioning this quote in a blog post recently - and so I am going to link your post at the bottom of it- because it ties in so well.

    And wow - I have never seen a heart on a leaf like that. and the green is also perfect for St. Patty's Day this coming week.
    loved this line:

    "By focusing on less, I discovered more than I imagined!"

    Have a nice day.

  17. This picture was made for that quote and the fact that they both came to you at about the same time is pretty much fate. I have been trying to simplify my life these days and have been discovering much about myself and those around me. We just need to take a breath and look

  18. This is such a beautiful photo and a great message! I'll definitely be considering that quote when taking photos too!