Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

Perspective is important to every photographer. With the creative use of perspective narrowed down through the lens of a camera, a bit of gravel can look like a barren desert landscape or a few trees can trick the eye into thinking you’re deep in a centuries-old forest.

 Who hasn’t seen real estate photos that inexplicably make a house and its rooms look several times bigger than they really are? Photos aren’t objective — they show what we want them to show.

This week’s photo challenge is about perspective: post a photo which is not what it seems to be.

The Daily Post – Ash

The Pacific Northwest is home to some beautiful totem poles and while I enjoy studying the stories they tell I have yet to take a great picture of a full pole. Instead I focus on small snapshots of images that stand out to me and this contemporary installation on the Edmonds Waterfront is a great example.

This cedar Friendship Tree pole was carved by Steve Jensen to reflect the enduring relationship between Edmonds, WA and Hekinan, its sister city in Japan. The artist worked with students in both towns to select images that reflected the character of their communities and the word “friend” in Japanese along a sea turtle representing longevity are two elements selected to celebrate the friendship between the two cities.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Perspective.

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25 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

  1. i’ve actually tried to take a few shots of entire totem poles, but they look awkward — like sticks standing tall against the sky. Your pics are great — so interesting to see something up close!!1

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  5. lrose

    You hit the mission of the challenge directly on the head. At first glance I thought I was looking at Polynesian carvings and never would have guessed they were part of a totem pole.

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  7. I had just photographed a sculpture in wood similar to this. I didn’t post it for the challenge because I didn’t have time to upload to my computer. The wood on the sculpture had sections like the ones you’ve posted.
    I like the way you’ve shown your prospective with these photos.
    Great choice … perfect. ~~~~ : – )

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