Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Oh, Snap

Sometimes you need to narrow the field of vision to see something miraculous.

In life, it's easy to get distracted by the picture. Months of commitment in a jam-packed schedule, the stresses of day-in-day-out in a long term relationship, new financial pressures when signing on a mortgage or car loan.

The art to life is digesting moments and days in bite sized portions.

Dhani Jones just may have the eye and perspective to find the beauty in life's less significant occasions.

No doubt about it, the Cincinnati Bengal linebacker has the means and access to live a life considered extraordinary by most standards. As a professional athlete, he earns a mind boggling salary and has the entree to rub those broad shoulders in more sparkling circles.

But Jones is said to be the "Thinking Man" of the NFL - the athlete who not only makes big plays on the gridiron, but leafs through pulp more stimulating than SI and the local Sports section.

This drive for intelligent, personal development may be on display this Friday evening at Jones' art show. Country Club in Oakley is flinging its doors open to show the Renaissance Man's photography - snapped during his travels for yet another facet in his character - hosting Dhani Tackles the Globe on the Travel Channel.

I've only seen a couple promotional pieces. In them, Jones appears to look through the viewfinder to capture images that simultaneously shed light on the individualism of the human condition and the collective unity of humanity. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the collection to see if he has the eye and artistic generosity to see the beauty in the more pedestrian experiences and people.

Can't wait to savor the moment and enjoy these pieces.

Cincinnati Bengal Dhani Jones unveils his photography show this Friday at Country Club (3209 Madison Rd., Oakley) - 7 to 10 pm.

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