Lens-Artists Challenge #86: Changing Your Perspective
“One moment the world is as it is. The next, it is something entirely different.”
Patti’s perspective challenge brought to mind a recent visit to NYC. While the trip was primarily focused on family I did manage to capture a few images as we walked between locations in the city. My opening image is a sculpture located on the upper west side of the city near Columbus Circle, as is the image below.
“Humans see what they want to see.”
In the opening image it’s hard to imagine the size and scope of the city surrounding the globe. In the second image, the same globe is shown in perspective to the nearby high-rises. As the song says, it really is “A Small World After All.” 😊 I loved the way the low-hanging clouds seemed to be clinging to the highest points of the tallest buildings.
“Those who were seen dancing, were thought to be crazy, by those who could not hear the music.”
My first post this year featured the incredible Calatrava-designed Oculus building in the heart of lower Manhattan. I found it interesting how capturing the building from multiple perspectives caused it to morph into something completely different. Above I’ve shown the building from the front toward the left side, while below my shot was taken from the left toward the front – changing the perspective simply by turning myself and my lens in the opposite direction..
“Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.”
Below I’ve included a side view of the building seen beyond an interesting example of NYC street art. From this position it’s hard to see there is a building beneath the spread wing. There could just as easily be an open air theatre or outdoor concert stage below the spines.
“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”
Finally, I shot the building as part of the surrounding environment. In this context it seems quite small compared to the nearby high-rises, which I captured by changing my aperture and focus.
“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close up.”
In photography, as in life, perspective can make a tremendous difference. As Wayne Dyer says “Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.” Wouldn’t it be nice if we all listened with an open-mind to those with whom we disagree or from whom we feel different? The world would surely be a better and more peaceful place for all of us.
Sincere thanks to those who responded to last week’s Treasure Hunt challenge – Patti, Amy, Ann-Christine and I thoroughly enjoyed your creativity and appreciate your getting into the spirit of the hunt! This week we look forward to sharing your changing perspectives. Remember to TAG your posts to appear in the Lens-Artists section of the Reader, and to link them to Patti’s original post here. Finally, remember to visit Miriam’s Showers of Blessings blog next week as she Guest Hosts our Lens-Artists Challenge #87.