Weekly Photo Challenge: SCALE
“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
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.
“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
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
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!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.