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A Different Lens: Finding Diversity through Photography

Contributed by Mary Birdsell (Finding My Way Books)

Cameras are magic. By capturing a moment in time, cameras 
give us the ability to explore actions and emotions in a way that we cannot in 
another medium. Each time I look through a lens, my perception of the world is 
altered. I can see and photograph something large, magnificent, like a sunset 
or something smaller, poignant, like a smile. Perception is a funny thing, it 
can change big things to become more accessible and alter smaller things to 
become more meaningful. In the instant a photograph is taken, a person is at 
their most vulnerable because a camera will show only the truth. Every emotion,
from frustration to triumph, sadness to joy, is seen through the lenses of my 


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