Oh, Wait…I Learned a 6th Thing at CAMP

Oh, Wait…I Learned a 6th Thing at CAMP

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Because why not. Just because it doesn’t fit into the round number of 5 doesn’t mean it can’t be a thing I learned. So. The 6th thing I learned at CAMP. Ahem. (First five here.)

6. Consider Your Corners. This is a photography lesson from Paige Denkin who taught me that the frame of your shot is just as important as what is inside of it. Did you photograph a landscape and cut off the top of a tree? Do you have a photo of someone in the ocean, hands raised in the air, but then you cut off a couple fingers? Those corners create tension, and makes the viewer uneasy about the photograph as whole.

OK, here’s where I take that lesson and apply it to myself. I better start considering my own corners. I am notorious for being practical, enigmatic about my feelings, and closed off. And I learned so much from the other CAMPers with soft, rounded edges. They considered their corners, scrubbed them down, and made themselves so openhearted and full of joy. My own corners are really good at creating enough tension to make others uneasy about me. It’s a talent. But truly, a more impressive talent is not actually listing that as a friggin talent. The people at CAMP didn’t care about dancing like freaks, or talking about their feelings, or sharing their newest ideas. They were open and vulnerable, and as a result, I became open and vulnerable too. I felt like my corners melted a bit, and I was able to learn more and embrace more. The me at CAMP is the me I am going to strive to be.
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I wasn’t the only person affected by the joy and energy of CAMP. Writer Matt Vanatta had an open-hearted, rubbed-down-corners experience in Movement for Creatives dance class here: The Happy Adult Camper

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