Look Up

Sometimes all it takes is a fresh perspective.

I remember my sister Anne, the photography teacher, telling me about the ‘worm’s eye view,’ the name for perspective I captured while lying flat across the snow, peering through the icy driftwood, and focusing across the water. The Lake looked massive, yet grounded—I still love that shot.

And as a textile designer, my eyes are always open for uncommon inspiration. In midtown Sacramento the other day, I was reminded of one of the simplest things I do to spark an idea.

LOOK UP.

Yup, I simply LOOK UP.

Especially when striding city sidewalks while enveloped in the tunnel of high-rises, we tend to see the place at our eye level. And to think about where we’ve been (that client meeting) and where we’re headed (Starbucks?!).

Granted, sometimes what we see left and right can indeed be striking. But so can the oft-overlooked world overhead. You might not believe what’s up there.

Check it out—Within one block and five minutes that day in Sacto, here’s only some of what I saw:

(Click on photos see more detail.)

The view at ground level:
Sacramento Architecture Street Level One

And when I looked up:
Look Up for Inspiration Sacramento Architecture One

Have I just been transported to a grand museum? To Florence?

Another building from the sidewalk:
Sacramento Architecture Street Level Two

And glancing skyward:
Look Up for Inspiration Sacramento ArchitectureTwo

A symphony of motif & pattern here! Click this photo and you’ll spy many starting points for designs.
 
 
So, are you a fellow looker-upper?

If not, do me a favor. The next time you’re hoofing it in the City (wherever the city may be), snap out of that ‘tunnel vision.’

Take an extra minute or two to pause…

and LOOK UP.
 
And tell us in the comments below, and show us (#LookUp on Twitter) what you saw…can’t wait!

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