See A Heart, Share A Heart is my valentine for the world.But this book is not a love letter. It's an invitation -- a request for readers to seek beauty in their own surroundings; in places they've never bothered to look: in piles of grass, sidewalk cracks and crumpled napkins. In chaos; in nature; even in our mistakes. In 2009 a puddle of melted ice cream caught my attention when it formed the sanguine shape of a heart on my kitchen counter. Before that--perhaps, like you--I viewed hearts as a ubiquitous cliché. But as I started seeing the shape everywhere, it began to alter the way I viewed the world. There's much more to hearts than just finding them; to realize their power, you have to share them. In fact, I learned early in my heart-finding days that the more hearts I shared, the more hearts I saw. Here are some tips for capturing hearts on camera yourself:
- When you see your first heart, stop what you're doing and take a photo. Even if it's not perfect. (I've photographed thousands of them, and have yet to find a perfect heart.) Hearts come in all shapes and sizes.
- Hearts are best showcased just how you find them. The images in SEE A HEART, SHARE A HEART are naturally occurring and unretouched.
- Changing the angle or position of your camera can make all the difference. I've been known to actually lie down on the sidewalk to get the perfect shot of a heart.
- If you're down on the sidewalk taking a picture of a heart and someone asks you what you're doing, tell them! They may start seeing hearts, too.
- Make sure you post your heart: to your Facebook friends, on Instagram and via Twitter. Share them with me, too - I'd love to see. Or, email your discovery to a special someone and watch what happens.
Eric Telchin is the author of SEE A HEART, SHARE A HEART and the creator of the blog Boy Sees Hearts.