“Too often in life we pass by important things. Let’s pause, change perspectives, and see things more clearly.”
Sergio da Silva
This week Ash has tasked us with illustrating “perspective” – showing how effectively photographers can change the mood or meaning of a scene based on the way it is captured and/or cropped. For example, you’d think in the shot above that some very talented climbers are effectively scaling the face of a challenging cliff.
“One of the best gifts you can give to someone is a wider perspective.”
C. Joybell C
Talented maybe, but experienced and up high they are not! The shot was actually captured while I was watching a beginning class for new climbers who hadn’t really made much progress at all 🙂
What about the shot below? Do you suppose this lovely deer is making the most of his forest environment?
“We begin to learn wisely when we’re willing to see world from other people’s perspective.”
Actually no, the shot was taken in the yard of a small neighborhood home in the pouring rain. The deer appeared to have a cut on his leg and was catching a quick rest before moving back into the foliage around him. Here he is in the same exact spot- the only change was that I moved to a different position to illustrate the point.
“Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
So, remember the next time you see something that catches your eye, give a thought to what else might have been in the scene. Has the photographer shown you everything that was there, or might the reality have been something else entirely?
“Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimensions.”
On the sea? Maybe — or maybe not 😉
“Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.”
As a photographer it is always tempting to shape the world as we see it. To my mind this becomes a problem only if we are news reporters tasked with documenting reality. Those of us who shoot for pleasure need face no penalty for the occasional trompe l’oeil – after all, seeing is believing……..or is it ?!