Welcome to Changing Optics.
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about us and potentially get involved. Changing Optics is a non-profit that focuses on helping students young and old become more well rounded individuals and using Photography to do it.
I have been a Professional Photographer for more than 10 years now and have run Scott Roth Events LLC since 2008 which now incorporates several different brands (Rim Light Weddings, Rubbing Shoulders, and Mitzvah Mayhem). I am also involved in Law and Politics.
If I had to think of the best thing that I get out of being a photographer, it’s the ability to look at the world through different lenses. As photographers we get used to seeing things around us in different ways.
We envision a telephoto lens and what we would focus on with it.
We envision a macro lens and focus on the little details.
We envision a wide angle lens and try to see the big picture
After awhile, we start doing this before even picking up a lens so we know what approach to the photography we want to take. Seeing the world through different lenses, allows us to really appreciate the beauty of nature, the architecture in a city, the skills that go into performances, so on and so forth.
In addition to just visually seeing things in different lenses, I take the same approach to philosophy now. I approach conversations that involve deep convictions with “different lenses”. Conversations about laws, politics, relationships, religions, gossip and more. Using different lenses in conversation allows me to be more open minded and less “I’m right, you’re wrong”.
The advent of social media has made it so people feel less alone in the world, and therefore more willing to differentiate and show their convictions in front of those close to them like family and friends. People are alienating their friends and family that they can reach out and hold, in favor of the support they get from an “online community”. This is ultimately what is making our society much more divisive.
The idea behind Changing Optics is to get people both young and old to get behind a camera, look at the world through different lenses, PHYSICALLY SEE how you change what you focus on based on the different lenses and then apply that understanding or enlightenment to their everyday conversations so that ultimately people can hold true to their convictions without alienating those friends and family who are close to them.
Our main focus here will be Photography Lessons (we have to learn and understand the craft in and of itself to then best apply it to other areas of our life), promoting Photography Causes/Communities that you can join and be a part of that need your growing skillset, discussing our Featured Photographers who inspire us everyday to see how photography can change lives, and most importantly taking in all of the above to start Seeing Life Through Different Lenses by discussing political and social justice issues, understanding religious ideas, building better relationships, and how Photography can help us all do that.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and we look forward to seeing you on this journey
Founder, Scott Roth