When was the last time you looked at the background?
Behind the news reporter.
Other patrons in the pub on a TV show.
Off to the sides while you’re walking.
Your friend’s Instagram feed.
Me, I watch them a lot.
Sometimes to the point of missing what I’m supposed to focus on.
(Have you met my BFF, Rewind Button?!)
Being an obserflective wallflower has its quirks.
Just because we don’t see the details, doesn’t mean they aren’t there.
Without a supporting background, the foreground is flat.
Exists without context.
Where’s the line between what’s in front versus the back?
Green screen has made that blatantly clear.
So obvious at times, fooling the mind flips over to being taken for a fool.
You can be anywhere just by changing out the background.
Except you can’t.
Surrounded in the depths of detail.
All around you.
Everywhere you look.
Look all around.
Up, down, behind, beside.
I’ll wait until you’re done.
Don’t try to strain to see every last detail.
Relax into it.
Let the details reveal themselves to you.
Take your time.
Not in a hurry.
You shouldn’t be either.
Seeing what’s really there takes a bit of practice.
Finished for now?
What did you see?
What’s been hiding out in the background you’ve missed,
Or hadn’t noticed before?
Did anything look different when you gave it importance,
rather than just being there?
Purposefully look at backgrounds.
Pay attention to how that context enriches what is here.
What more do you know because of what was overlooked.
But was always there anyway.
Waiting to be seen.
Already part of the bigger picture.
Would love to hear about your experiences of looking at backgrounds.