Perspective

May 31, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

Standing on a playground this past Saturday, again I was asked: "What's your favorite type of photography?" I get this question constantly from clients, acquaintances and friends. The first things out of my mouth are usually about my favorite lens; my macro. It's a lens that lets me zoom in on something so far that it becomes a mystery. It allows me to make everyday objects look extraordinary. And when a person tilts their head in curiosity and says: "Whaaaaaaa?", then I know I've done my job. Here's an example:

 

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The above image is just a light fixture that hung over a desk in a hotel lobby. So why would I ever care about it enough to represent it in such a way, or why would I want to buy something like it? Because there is so much of our world that we miss, and I believe it's a tragedy. The light fixture itself is quite compelling when you view it this way, but that's not really the point. What I like my viewers to know is that every piece of our existence; from the molecules in our skin, to the universe we occupy; it's all something we can zoom in and out of. It's all something we can learn and grow from. For an art creator like me and a viewer like you, that realization can start with what could just be a simple photo. 

 

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So what in the world is this? It's actually just the bottom of a blue, glass mixing bowl and here's how I caught it: by being a night owl. I love being up late (and kinda have to be because I take care of my little girl during the day.) Because I'm also an insomniac, I was unintentionally awake one early morning. Sloughing through my kitchen, bushy eyed; I winced over at the sunrise that was creeping through the curtains and under this bright, blue, glass bowl. That's when I saw the image in my mind's eye and how it would finally look on screen. So I ran and grabbed my camera and, a few minutes later, I had the shot above (now rotated 90 degrees.) It's long since been one of my personal favorites.

 

Check these out:

 

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Glow sticks in a vase. 

 

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When we realize there are many commonalities between well, everything and everything; we can look at an image like this and see parts of ourselves and everything else around us. That gives us a bigger perspective and, it's just one more reason to invest in a piece of art. 

 

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