I admire photographers. They’re not very different from magicians, often conjuring illusions of imaginary worlds — blurring the fine lines of reality. And if the camera, was invented a few centuries earlier, it would be interesting to see how would they have fared against thinkers and painters of that time.
“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.”
Photographers can show you a story and change it — with a different angle. They can freeze an instant in time and make it transcend time itself. Make you wonder what could have happened next. Did he or she get slapped by the subject or find a soulmate for life? Did the wooden door open or did someone throw an egg from the window above? Did a secret passage reveal itself or did the photographer get lost in his/her own maze of exploration? Did the volcano erupt in full might or did the angry mob discover the hidden lens? And did he/she save the dying child or choose to stay a silent spectator instead?
“There are no facts, only interpretations.”
And although, they say, a visual is worth a thousand words; I’d say modern photography leaves more to be imagined than revealed. We’re no closer from knowing the truth. One can argue, the truth is also a ‘perspective’. And as with today’s weekly photo challenge and the entries that I’ve seen; perspectives can be truly deceptive.
I’d like to leave you with a quote from Douglas Adams and something to ruminate on.
“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”
And what’s our take on the challenge?