Curiosity takes me to a different perspective
Perspective is an interesting concept in photography and one with which I can have a lot of fun, with a lot more practice. By zooming in and out with my lens, I can change the composition of the picture. But by moving around and not shooting at eye level, I can get a completely different look.
I wanted to use my lost shoe as an example: I noticed it walking home one day and took a shot exactly how I first saw it. Not very exciting!
I was thinking of using this picture to remind me of discarded items, but then I thought I would try it from a different angle. Walking around, I tried to see if there was a better background than a brown fence. I also tried to see if taking the picture from above or down low would look better. The next picture highlights the shoe and the shallow depth of field creates a bit of mystery as to what is behind the shoe (maybe the drunken ballroom dancer). More interesting I think.
Looking at perspective in photography made me think of how difficult it is to change how I view things in my own life. Ever find yourself in a rut, or worse still, watching someone struggling with depression?
I have always thought of myself as a glass half full kind of person, but sometimes I need to add water (wine, coffee, whatever works!) to get back over that halfway mark. It is easy to get into a habit of looking at things the same way and habits are hard to break (not giving up coffee any time soon!).
Occasionally life makes me feel pretty small, and I have to work hard get over obstacles. Like changing a habit, I have to do things in small steps, and be patient as it takes time. Trying to help someone else get out of a rut, I gave this advice (I’m there are more things you can do, but I think three is always a good place to start):
- reinforce the positive in their life;
- show them that they have a choice in how they react, so they should try to choose that which will help them to move forward instead of staying stuck, and
- being envious of what others have is a waste of energy that could be put to much better use.
Since I have just been to the mountains, I will end with a quote from Robert Harris, a British author:
If one tries to think about history, it seems to me – it’s like looking at a range of mountains. And the first time you see them, they look one way. But then time changes, the pattern of light shifts. Maybe you’ve moved slightly, your perspective has changed. The mountains are the same, but they look very different.