“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
For this challenge, I’m going with invented narrow spaces. What do you think these are? When I saw the assignment for our photography challenge – NARROW – I blanked out. No, I didn’t pass out, I simply couldn’t think of any narrow shots I’d taken in recent days or weeks. I live in the suburbs and, even though there are a few closed underpasses in my area, I wasn’t in the mood to drive to them to take a shot. I decided to try and create something narrow from the comfort of my home; the end result are the pictures you are looking at. Funnily enough, on a second read of the photo challenge instructions, I read the word spaghetti and had a good laugh. Yep, I could have walked into the kitchen and taken a few shots of my pasta jar but, as any creative can attest to, when we hear a word, an image or two show up in our minds eye, and we try to run with them until we find the chase fruitful or pointless… Hmmm Ps, In retrospect, I thought of the photos I’ve taken of the long and narrow bridges dotting the landscape of my county. Oh well, next time!
“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” Henry David Thoreau
What the heck are those circles above and what was I trying to recreate? Great question! I used three tubings and a couple of objects as my focal point at the end of the tubes. The first and third tubes are almost the same. They are long tubes that typically hold posters or rolled up photos, and are used for shipping such items. Since I love art, I have a collection of these tubes in all lengths and sizes. I took two narrow tubes and placed different objects at the end of each one; a green plastic turtle and a lit pink candle. Then I took pictures from one end to create a narrow, hollow effect. I think the candle did a better job as it created an almost cave like narrow entry. The green turtle didn’t quite make it. Ha! The middle tube in the photo collage and the larger single shot is a dehumidifier/AC filter. Yes, you got it! It is the filter you attach to a portable dehumidifier/AC that is vented out a window. This one belongs in my garage … I grabbed the tube and played around with the flexible body, and placed a pink lit candle at the other end. Would you have guessed that?
“One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit.” Alexander Pope
What is my assessment of the final outcome? Not what I had envisioned at all… What do I think of the final result? Mediocre. Can you tell there is a plastic turtle staring back at you from the tube above? Probably not. I’m sharing this information to give you a glimpse into the process that goes into a creative project. As amateur photographers, we’ve all been there … those moments when our ideas don’t quite jell. Sometimes the results are perfect and other times they are ho hum. However, the learning is the real gift. That is the reason why I love participating in our weekly photo challenge because each one is an opportunity to take on a creative task and take a series of shots in a very short time and share them. Some weeks, I’m fortunate to have photos that fit perfectly and other weeks I don’t. But the process is always rewarding because I’m pushed to think about how I can do this better next time. What do you think?
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: NARROW From spaghetti to the quiet alley behind your house, this week show us something narrow. This week, let’s keep things narrow (but not narrow-minded!): share a photo with your take on the theme. You could focus on a slender object, or shoot an image where your field of vision is restricted. Alleyways and half-open doors, seesaws and water slides, spaghetti and electric cords… the world is full of narrow things. I can’t wait to see which one you’ll pick for your entry.
Positive Motivation Tip: Find that light at the end of the tunnel and follow it.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.