Today, I happened across this little article about a display of photography by learning disabled folks in the UK. In the US, they’d be called intellectually disabled rather than learning disabled.
It looks like the pictures featured were absolutely beautiful. More importantly, displays like this one demonstrate how regardless of an individual’s diagnosis or ability level of communication we all perceive the world in unique ways. These folks captured some wonderful aspects of our world that get lost way too often in the day to day rush of things.
When I stop to think about it, I find myself extremely grateful to live in the time and place I do. There’s so much access to so many different types of art and expression. We don’t necessarily need spoken language to effectively communicate how we see the world or the emotion we happen to be feeling at the moment.
That’s part of the beauty of the fusion between art and technology. More people are able to create works which show what stirs or breaks their hearts, which is an amazing gift to everyone privileged enough to take part in any part of the creative process.
It seems to me that if more people slowed down, took a moment to appreciate the good things in their lives and the beauty others bring into it, there would be a whole lot more happiness in the world.