the openness of heart, particularly in embracing people’s inherent nature beyond differences.
For eg. “Sarah's apercœur made her a beloved advocate for unity in her neighbourhood”
Combining "Aperto" from Italian (open) and "cœur" from French (heart), Apercœur reflects the openness of the heart, embracing individuals' inherent nature beyond differences. It is the quality or state of genuine, valid, and deep understanding & perception of an individual.
However, it works both ways. Apercœur also signifies a profound 'trust' in someone that allows one to reveal their authentic self, transcending surface differences and inviting them to embrace one's true nature.
An honest conversation
It’s almost sunset and the light is fragile but it’s all I have. All the muscles of my will are holding my terror to ask her.
‘May I?’ I ask, raising my trusty 35mm film camera, never not heavy in my hand.
Amidst the rush down Portobello Road, I’m asking her if I could see her.
I spend moments peering through the viewfinder, training my lens on her as she gazes straight into the lens. And, for a moment, at that gaze, I am happy to forego my future, and postpone indefinitely, this dream in suspended fire. Her eyes steal what light remains in the sky and the pacific blue in them reaches all its superlatives, revealing trust. Trust, that I am grateful for.
It’s one thing to be looked at and another to be seen and she trusts me to see her.
I depress the shutter and her face glows as the camera gasps. Her face now on celluloid, a canvas for an honest conversation, awaiting development.
When the photo comes to life, I’m sure, if she’ll look closely, she’ll see her eyes, drunk on confession, beholding both me and the world, and the honesty resting gently on her features.
And it’s maybe then, she’ll see what I have always seen, what I will forever see - her. And it’s maybe then, she’ll realise what I mean when I say the camera always feels heavier in my hands than it should.
Seeing people is not an easy task.
This was originally submitted for Oneg and James' challenge after getting tagged by Mackenzie. But I failed that challenge, so thought might as well use the story that came out of it for this challenge because it's managed to stay within me. Hope that explains things to who's already read this before.
About the Creator
A wannabe storyteller from London. Sometimes words spill out of me and the only way to mop the spillage is to write them down.
"If you arrive here, remember, it wasn't you - it was me, in my longing, who found you."
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