The other day, as I took the card out of my 3rd Space Tool Kit and began to read the description on it, I realised I had a problem:
I am living in a town labelled by The Telegraph as “Europe’s huge secret gem”. A town characterised by its winding cobbled streets, easy access to the black forest, and pretty much anything else you would expect to find in your run-of-the-mill fairy tale. How was I supposed to create a magical portrait of a town that already seemed so distant from reality?
The solution I eventually came up with was simple…Find my kaleidoscope.
Two years ago when I first started at Edinburgh, my best friend gave me a kaleidoscope as a going away gift. She said to me that if I ever felt down or at odds with the world then I should take some time to look through it and try to take in the beauty and the movement of the colours and shapes. She said that looking through a kaleidoscope would, if only for a brief moment, transport me to a place where suddenly my problems didn’t seem so overwhelming anymore. This advice seems strange but it is something that really helped me get through my first few weeks here in Germany.
In light of this, I decided that it would be more of an adventure if I were to completely turn this activity on its head. I thought that if a kaleidoscope could transform ugly thoughts into something incredible, then maybe it could transform other ugly things. Instead of simply taking photos of the spectacular places in town, I took it upon myself today to try and find areas that could be deemed ugly or unpleasant. I wanted to see if, with the help of my kaleidoscope, they too could be transformed into something spectacular.
Here’s what I found:
In every place I visited, just watching the colours and shapes so effortlessly fuse into one another was enough for me to see that even in the least aesthetic objects it was possible to find something magnificent. I think a new aim I have for this year is to discover as many unsightly places as I can. I’m excited to search for the hidden beauty, and the momentary suspension of disbelief that occurs when I find it.
Vida Green – Freiburg, Germany