February 6

Weekly Photo Challenge: SCALE

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“To experience sublime natural beauty is to confront the total inadequacy of language to describe what you see. Words cannot convey the scale of a view that is so stunning it is felt.” Eleanor Catton

Weekly Photo Challenge: SCALE Henry Moore Sculpture - The Dancers in Denver, Co
Weekly Photo Challenge: SCALE Jonathan Borofsky Sculpture – The Dancers in Denver, Co
Weekly Photo Challenge: SCALE Henry Moore Sculpture - The Dancers in Denver, Co
Weekly Photo Challenge: SCALE  Jonathan Borofsky Sculpture – The Dancers in Denver, Co

 

Space, time, matter, energy and biological life may be the result of a Source Field that is conscious and alive in its own unique way – on a scale far too vast for the finite mind to fathom. David Wilcock

 

It’s easy to see that these beautiful sculptural dancers, aptly named The Dancers by Jonathan Borofsky, dominated their space. I was told by our guide that it was a Henry Moore but it isn’t. The Dancers were in an open park in downtown Denver and I gasped when I saw them. I turned a corner and, suddenly, there they were. They towered over the church steeple, the lamp-post, and even the theater building across the way. I thought they’d be perfect for this exercise.  It’s remarkable that when we juxtapose two or more things of varying sizes, we can see the true scale of each one.  To give you a sense of their size, I offer you two views that I shot that day.

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“We can scale the heights of mountains and see the world laid out before us, but we fail to recognize that which is before us.” Ruth St. Denis

Weekly Photo Challenge:   - The Under-bridge Troll in Seattle, WA
Weekly Photo Challenge: SCALE – The Under-bridge Troll in Seattle, WA

There does seem to be a sense in which physics has gone beyond what human intuition can understand. We shouldn’t be too surprised about that because we’re evolved to understand things that move at a medium pace at a medium scale. We can’t cope with the very tiny scale of quantum physics or the very large-scale of relativity. Richard Dawkins

The Fremont Troll or Troll under the bridge by Steve Badanes is in Seattle, WA. It is quite famous and tourists come from everywhere to take pictures and pose with it. I took this on my last day in Seattle before I headed for the airport. The taxi stopped for a bit, I jumped out and took this shot as the young man atop was posing with a banner that read Seattle. He was from Europe. I wish I had spent a bit more time to get a shot that didn’t include part shadow … but hey, that’s what you call an instant shot and it does show scale.

“The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.” Richard Dawkins

Weekly Photo Challenge: SCALE - outdoor Installation Art at Storm King, NY
Weekly Photo Challenge: SCALE – outdoor Installation Art at Storm King, NY
Weekly Photo Challenge: SCALE Henry Moore Sculpture - The Dancers in Denver, Co
Weekly Photo Challenge: SCALE – Jonathan Borofsky Sculpture – The Dancers in Denver, Co

Sometimes I think that creativity is a matter of seeing, or stumbling over, un-obvious similarities between things – like composing a fresh metaphor, but on a more complex scale. David Mitchell

 

This unusual tree stump is a piece of installation art and I took the photo at one of my favorite places to visit – Storm King Art Museum. They have a ton of outdoor installation art and you could spend all day there and not miss a bit or miss the hours going by. It’s up north in NY and I’d encourage you to visit it when you come to New York. See how tiny the people are next to it? It is truly huge. Have a scaled back weekend!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: SCALE  This week, share an image that highlights a size relationship — make us pause and take a second look to understand the scale of the elements in your photo. I look forward to seeing your photos!

Positive Motivation Tip: Scale can be created by juxtaposing something small next to something large. Like life, build on what you know!

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


Tags

DP Challenge, Henry Moore, Installation Art, Jonathan Borofsky, large scale, photography, postaday, Scale, small scale, The Dancers, Under-bridge Troll, Weekly Photo Challenge


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  • Great pictures! Here’s a question about scale that I’ve often wondered. We all view the world through scale. Meaning we all judge the size of things based on other things. Here’s some food for thought. When you look at a ruler from across the room, it looks tiny. When you hold that ruler directly in front of your eye, it takes up your entire field of vision. At what point between both of those extremes is the ruler actually the size that we PERCEIVE it to be? Chew on that for awhile…

  • How awesome is that sculpture! It’s so big! I would be in total wow if I seen that in person.

  • The statues of the dancers are so awesome! I love the way you can almost feel the movement. The troll under the bridge has always thrilled me! I want to see it some day!

  • I love The Dancers! What an amazing sight they must be in person. I can’t imagine coming up on them!

  • Beautiful photos- I have actually been to the ‘Troll’ under the bridge- pretty cool!

  • All the pictures are great. You are a wonderful photographer. I really like the Under Bridge Troll in Seattle.

  • Those are some super cool sculptures. It’s been so long since I have been to Denver.

  • Scale would be a fun challenge to find pictures for, I think!! I was mentally thinking of my own photos too while reading, so I guess these kind of photos are the ones we do remember because they’re unique. 🙂

  • Oh my goodness I am loving the troll under the bridge. Thank you for sharing this post with us.

  • I love photo challenges, but I’ve never heard of this one! Can I have more info on it, I’d love to participate!

  • Oh I soooo miss going to outside art shows – this was fun just to see here – so very cool – when my son was little even to college age – I took him often and since he was an artist he enjoyed – I wish I go here!

  • I have to admit when I saw the dancers it instantly put a smile on my face and I wanted to start dancing. I love dancing so no surprise there. II would have loved to see the troll under the bridge. I wish I would have known it was there when I was visiting. I love all of the photos.

  • Excellent pictures (and direction?) however I can never master the art of taking great photos..maybe you can help..thank you

  • I love The Dancers sculpture and its something I would like to see in person! As always, I love your positive motivation tip!

  • These pictures remind myself that life is too precious to stay boggle down. Thanks for the reminder to be kind to myself.

  • I’ve seen a lot of sculptures in my life but nothing quite like this. These are amazing. Maybe someday I will get a chance to see them myself. I bet they are even cooler in person.

  • Interesting sculptures. They’re all very unique and beautiful in their own way. Would love to see them in person. Someday.

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