Sunday, November 7, 2010

Everything Is Interesting When Viewed from The Right Angle

It's like the old adage that it's all in how you look at it.  Everything can be interesting when viewed from the right angle.

This image was taken with my first digital camera.  I couldn't really afford film so much any more.  And I couldn't afford a DSLR (a digital SLR where you can change the lenses and such) at the time.  And, I was having digital envy since so many people around me were beginning to embrace digital.

Anyways, I got myself a simple point and shoot digital which is no longer with us after the chip corrupted.

With my point and shoot digital camera in hand, I forced myself to grow where I could:  composition, point of view, subject matter, and plain old just getting out there.

Anyone know what this is?  (If I've discussed this image with you before, no fair guessing!)

I'll give you a few hints.  Part of what intrigued me with this object was the play of light, shadow, and reflection along the connecting bar.  I also liked the repeating pattern of the curved metal bars extending from the connecting bar.  So, after dancing around my subject a bit and shooting a few images here and there, I finally got down a little lower... around knee level.  I set myself up at the end of the connecting bar and captured those elements that caught my attention.  The result was abstract and interesting.

Any guesses yet?  Anyone notice it was outside in the fall?  Well, the fall part doesn't matter, but the outside part does.

Any guesses yet?

It was a park bench.  Yep, an every day boring old park bench.  But, it became interesting when I viewed it from the right angle.  And so goes life.  View a problem or situation or just about anything from the right angle, and it becomes interesting.

So, I challenge you this week - and myself too - to take something ordinary and boring and make it extraordinary and interesting by viewing it from the right angle.  And let me know what it was!!


  1. Okay, I give up. I keep trying to see how this is part of a park bench. It's like a visual koan!

  2. It was a very interesting park bench... viewed from any angle! :)

  3. I came over from Galen's blog, and saw right away it was a park bench! I thought at first, on her post, it might be a fancy spiral notebook. Love your perspective!

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Jamie! Glad you could see the park bench!