There was an interesting photo challenge presented by WordPress this week – to take two shots of the same place, one vertical and one horizontal, to express two views of the subject.
I’ve been offline for a while, taking care of some “real life” stuff (when I get into the blogosphere I lose hours) but this was too nice to pass up. I picked two subjects from our trip to Montreal. Both show how a shift in focus can change how you look at something.
The first is the Notre Dame Cathedral in the old city:
When you first step into the cathedral, the striking color and size of the sanctuary are impressive, but there is distance between the altar and the entrance. Up close, the saints, the crucifix, and the flowers in memory of a personal event take the focus, and the other people in the church become insignificant shadows. A bonus perspective, focused on the pews, appears in the banner.
The second spot I chose is the Museum of Fine Arts in the new city. As I approached, I was struck by the stone work on the building and thought the statue was a nice, classical, touch – but when I was directly in front of the sculpture, a completely new dimension presented itself to me.
Everything changes when we look at things in more than one way – a small shift in our stance, or a willingness to investigate more closely, can reveal things we would miss with just a passing glance.
Perspective is everything.
This post was written in response to the WordPress Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways. To learn more about this challenge, and to see other bloggers’ shifting viewpoints, click here.