Immersion

May 23, 2016

BW photograph of a low-angle shot of Thurmont Vista with a prominent rock in the foreground.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Photography provides ample opportunity for the manipulation of perspective and, therefore, emotion.  The above photograph was made with a wide-angle focal length and from a position low and close to the rocks in the foreground.  This provides a sense of intimacy and brings the viewer into the scene.  As such, it provides more of a three-dimensional effect as it stretches toward the horizon.

BW photograph of Thurmont Vista from an elevated position.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

This second photograph is of the same subject using the same focal length.  The only real difference is the height of the camera, which is now closer to eye level when standing.  While it still imparts a sense of distance, it seems a bit more two-dimensional as it lacks the closeness of that prominent foreground.  This view “feels” more detached as the viewer is now “looking into” the scene as opposed to being part of the scene.  There is much more of a sense of casual observation and with little involvement.  Interestingly, that is pretty much the view as seen from the trail.

The two photographs are also a visual metaphor for the many and varied issues we are facing as a global community.  It does not really matter if we are discussing politics, climate change, human rights, etc. as they are all interwoven.  The fundamental question is the degree to which we take the risk to become involved or to remain on the periphery.

We all face that decision.

Take care.

 

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