“Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.” Hermann Hesse
I had barely recovered from the satiation that the photo challenge on Indulge brought to my doorstep, when the new prompt – DISTORTED – arrived in my mailbox. What am I going to do? I complained to one of my kids, a philosopher and savvy photographer, and she looked at me and said, “Mom, the camera distorts reality every time it captures an image. We can distort that imagined reality further by twisting it into new forms and colors…” From the mouth of babes… WoW!
“It’s not only imagination, it’s the distortion of the vision. You suddenly think, This person is idealistic, this person is strong, this person has dreams, when you know better most of the time. You put what you want to see on people.” Olivier Martinez
After our little chat on what makes for a distorted photograph, I went looking for images in my files that were both distorted and colorful, and the results surprised me… Know where I found the best images? From concerts… Hmm mm. I also played around with some pictures I took of dinner at a Thai restaurant and a few other shots. I have added a bunch of distorted shots for your perusal above and below.
“Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.” Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Many have sought after the code that unveils life’s mystery. The formula is masked under layers of distorted patterns, within us.” Sonny Long
Perhaps because concerts represent the ultimate in imagined reality, it is easy to find and capture images of fantasy and exaggerated reality at them. What with all the lights, sounds and pyrotechnics, it is not surprising that they can offer contorted and fantastical images of the stars on stage… and we, the audience, join them in that fantasy world… albeit for a moment. There’s more below. ;-)
Whether we choose to view the world through a distorted lens or not is up to us. We can choose to live with the unfettered truth or keep our rose tinted glasses on… While it makes for colorful dishes and psychedelic drinks, it won’t change the facts. At the end of the day, reality bites back; especially when we least expect it and when we are not looking… Enjoy the madness.
What are your thoughts? What photos depicting distorted did you find? Was it easy/hard to find photos that made sense of your views on distorted? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! :-) ;-)
My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several below. I appreciate TRACKBACKS/PINGBACKS & LIKES from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme DISTORTED below. ***
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted Share a picture that means Distorted to you!
Positive Motivation Tip: Much of life is a distortion; images, thoughts, acts… reality blurs…Enjoy!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.
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