April 22, 2012
Lumens Borealis

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Perspective – Where to Stand

A cube or a box – the physical structure of the spaces we tend to inhabit for the majority of our days are cubes or boxes. There’s the cube or box of home. There’s the cube or box of work. As human beings it’s important that we find the third and fourth cubes beyond our work environment and beyond the home, the third and fourth elements of our day that balance out contact with work and withdrawal from endeavor. The analogy works forward in terms of thinking outside the box, breaking from routine and locating yourself in activities in the world to gain perspective on your world. Add a camera to the equation and the analogy drills down a step – you’re gaining perspective on the world you live in in much more concrete terms. Photography allows for that look at your broader context. Photography orients you to the beauty you’ll find that’s only minutes away. In fifteen minutes, I’d driven east and found these cattails at day’s end on a warmer spring day well into melt.

Listening to – The Five Blind Boys of Alabama and their rendition of Run On For A Long Time, Feed A Man by Billy Bragg & Wilco,  Shakedown on 9th Street by Ryan Adams, Buffalo by Kathleen Edwards, Fully Completely by The Tragically Hip,  Wonderwall by Ryan Adams, Eh Hee by Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, You Might Die Trying by the Dave Matthews Band, U2’s Wake Up Dead Man and Jack Johnson’s Rodeo Clowns.

Quote to Inspire – “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” – Ansel Adams

11 thoughts on “Perspective – Where to Stand

  1. I Love Cattails 2, but that stands to reason as I am a Water person. Also: 3! And then…7, 8, 14. And 12? But I will probably not be pleased with myself for singling any out when they are all so beautiful, and a bit outside the box, I would say. Have a good week! ~ Lily

  2. It is funny you talking about cubes. I had an exhibition a couple of years ago and that was premise of the whole exhibition, it was about boxes, and how we live in these box like structures that we fill with crap.

  3. What an interesting study in this simple element of plant. I like your narrative…some wise words to cling onto.

  4. Interesting post and nice pictures. My favorite is nr. 2. And 3,4,5, 7 and 17……

  5. what a gorgeous collection/series! very well done! cheers!

  6. I had not heard that quote from Ansel Adams before. It’s a good one.

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