It takes time that few are willing to give or make. It takes slowing down and looking, yes, but it also takes attention and thought. Since I was a little girl people have said to me "I can't believe you noticed that!" Of course (no kidding) they have also said "Are you paying attention?" - meaning am I looking at what they think I should be looking at. Maybe I wasn't looking at those math problems, but I did notice that berry frozen in the snow.
It wasn't really on purpose when I was younger, but Meister Eckhart says that this looking is freedom. If we have "the freedom to look without preconception" we are able to discover new sights. It's work to unblock your vision, and realize that the rusty nail is as beautiful as a flower.
As I have been taking a watercolor/sketch course online, I have had to paint or sketch something everyday. I see my classmates choosing shoes, desk supplies, bowls, toothbrushes, and it makes me wonder why we are all drawn to the subjects we choose. It's the same with our photography, of course. Why is our Terri drawn to her flowers so strongly? Or Kim her bugs, Kelly her home vignettes, Cathy her nature walks, or me my boats? And on and on for all of us.
I think it comes from deep within - from everything we have done and seen, but also what our ancestors have done and seen too. Have you ever watched "Who Do You Think You Are?. Isn't it interesting that the histories often reveal generations of teachers, or musicians, or soldiers, or artists? I don't think it's a coincidence. I don't always know why I choose to see, but I'm so glad I do. I wouldn't want to be limited in what I see. I wouldn't want to be any other way! Why do you choose to look at what you do?
"When a pickpocket looks at a saint, he sees pockets."