A Week of #Angles

My daily blog post is most often the result of a percolation of ideas throughout the day…written toward the end of the day.  Today I knew I would be writing about my week of focusing on angles –this week’s #sdawpphotovoices topic.  My morning began. as it often does on Sunday, with some time reading articles on Twitter.  Today’s @brainpicker post was about a book called On Looking: Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz.

As I read the review of the book I found myself thinking about how photo-a-day has impacted the way I look and what I see as I go about my daily life.  And then I saw Janis’s post today on SDAWP Voices as she reflected on her week–and she was saying similar things about her experience (and she had also read the same post by @brainpicker this morning!).  This book focuses on the ways a different lens opens up an entirely different experience of the place.  When you walk with a toddler and pay attention to how that toddler pays attention, you see a different place than the familiar routine you are used to. What does your dog see?  How about an entomologist?

Back to angles…this week’s photo-a-day focus.  I took a lot of pictures this week, from a variety of angles, of a variety of angles…angles were everywhere!  Some of my favorite pictures of the week I never did post on Instagram.  But because I am writing every day to post to this blog, my pictures also become a stimulus for my writing and my thinking.

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I love this picture of the lone fisherman with his pole angled in the surf.  I don’t often take pictures of people–it feels awkward to photograph people I don’t know…and I didn’t want him to pose.  Instead I took the picture from a distance, knowing I would lose the details of his face. The bonus is the reflection!  I can see writing a story with this photo as the prompt…I think the story is already beginning to take shape for me.

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This angry bird kite was roosting in the tree above the beach.  Its angles had it caught pretty securely in the intertwining branches…in fact I saw it again several days later on a walk later in the week.  I love the play on words and images of the bird kite in the tree.

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Shell fragments are common on the beach, but coming across an entire shell–especially one still connected and angled like this is a rare occurrence.  If you look closely you can see the strand of sea grass lying in the background.  I wonder if a seagull got this tasty morsel!

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Coming down the ramp from the parking lot, I got to see these wonderful flat and yet angled rooftops of the new concession stand and bathrooms.  I love the way that architecture can take straight lines and create unexpected angles by the way they are placed in relation to each other.

Tomorrow I will shift my focus from angles to patterns.  Added to my photography focus and blogging focus, I will also be thinking about all the other ways I might see the world through the lens of a child, or an architect, a scientist, or an artist.  I’ll also try “seeing” the world through my other senses–how does what I hear impact what I see?  What about smell, taste, and touch?

What have you failed to notice?  How can you shift your attention to see more of your world?

4 thoughts on “A Week of #Angles

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