“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Gautama Buddha
When we think of the word “hidden,” what pops into our mind is a concealed, obscured object kept out of sight or reach. Others are not allowed to know about it or touch it for a whole slew of reason not worth touching on here. Typically, the hidden in question is deliberate; an intentional act to keep our grubby fingers off the Queen’s jewels. Oh well, some things can’t be helped as they are beautiful… but I digress. The subject is about the lens revealing the hidden; capturing that which we saw but not fully until our second, third, or fifth shot.
“We were a silent, hidden thought in the folds of oblivion, and we have become a voice that causes the heavens to tremble.” Kahlil Gibran
Nevertheless, this week’s Photo Challenge assignment has added a bit of a spin on the subject and the goal is to seek and reveal that which is hidden. I like that approach. Of course, first we had to decide if the object was/is indeed hidden… or not. This part made the challenge a tad more edgy; making us determine the balance between the staged and the obscure. If you look at my selections for the challenge, you’ll understand what I’m referencing.
“Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.” Soren Kierkegaard
For this challenge, I went back to my burgeoning photo files and dug deep for shots that already existed. You see, I wanted to make sure I understood the difference between a shot I took without anticipating the ‘hidden’ feature, and one I took with ‘hidden’ as a goal… I don’t know what the experience was for you but I enjoyed this little experiment. See if you can tell from my photos. I have added both the pre (hidden) and post (revealed) shots of each photo, and added content to each shot. I will add more explanations below or as needed. More below. 😉
“Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden…” Anon
To have this exercise in ‘hidden’ make sense, I chose to add both the pre (hidden) and post (revealed) shots of each photo. I like to take multiple shots of the same thing and then choose what to use. The deer shot was rather sudden and then off he went. Tangy was easy to shoot; he loves nooks and cozy spots. The barge/freight ship was fascinating to watch as it appeared and disappeared as the sun shifted directions while setting. The above was taken on a visit to Bard… Gorgeous building.
“The road of life can only reveal itself as it is traveled; each turn in the road reveals a surprise. Man’s future is hidden.” Anon
The prayer ceremony was so exquisite that I wanted to capture it. I took a quick shot of the lights and then when the person in front of me shifted, I captured the monk praying. What about you? Was it easy/hard to find photographic examples of hidden? Where you drawn to specific examples for the prompt? Did you enjoy gathering photos for this prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden…
Positive Motivation Tip: Keep your inner eyes peeled for the unspoken and the unseen… Often, they are right before you.
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.