“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” Robert Morgan
Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – Kwoma Ceiling, New Guinea
After spending the month of February contemplating the word – Perspective – for NaBloPoMo, I was nicely surprised to see it as the chosen word for this week’s photo challenge. One thing I know for sure is that 10 people can look at a painting or photograph and come away with different opinions about what they saw. I’ve always found this important point fascinating. Think about it. Even with the Weekly Photo Challenge, participants submit blog posts with a wide range of interpretations on each given theme.
Why does this happen? Does it have something to do with the breath of our life experiences? The wiring of our brains? our vision? How can we look at the same thing or hear the same music and react/respond differently to it? It’s called Perspective and it is something we can create in photography. I’ve tried to create varying perspectives in the photos shared. Let me know what you think of them? How would you frame them differently?
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Marcus Aurelius
Perspective: a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. Compare aerial perspective, linear perspective.
A picture employing this technique, especially one in which it is prominent: an architect’s perspective of a house.
A visible scene, especially one extending to a distance; vista: a perspective on the main axis of an estate.
The state of existing in space before the eye: The elevations look all right, but the building’s composition is a failure in perspective.
The state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship: You have to live here a few years to see local conditions in perspective.
The faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship: Your data is admirably detailed but it lacks perspective.
A mental view or prospect: the dismal perspective of terminally ill patients.
To make more sense of the word, I reached for a dictionary definition and the interpretations were excellent. If you read the examples from Dictionary Reference above, you’d find enough explanations to help create photo groups that showcase the term Perspective well. The quote by Marcus Aurelius gives us another way to think about the word too. I suppose this is why eye witness testimony is often challenged in a Court of Law.
Eye-Witnesses are asked certain questions again and again until they stumble: What did you really see? Are you sure it wasn’t invented? Rehashed memory? We can say that the same reaction applies to photo-shopped pictures. Can we look at a Photoshopped picture and recognize that what we see might not be the whole story? In the photos I shared above and below, I used the same premise to create varying perspectives. What did you see that you might not have considered?