This being my first blog post I will likely keep it on the short side but it will be meaningful. As time goes by I hope to become more proficient at blogging, my website will become more solid and you will enjoy the read.
In photography, point of view is relative to the location of the lens to the subject. In other words if you were photographing down on your subject it might be referred to as a birds eye view. In life a point of view often tells us something about the person behind the lens or a person making a statement. So my post today is about point of view.
We all know winter in this part of North Western Ontario has been unusual and less than desirable this year – a far cry from the norm. Some of my best photos have been made during the worst weather but I don’t take chances with my safety or that of my vehicle. So, when you are an avid participant of the season you have to invent new ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Some of us adapt better than others.
After being inside for several consecutive days a few weeks ago I suggested to my husband that we take the time that afternoon to go for a drive in order to get out of the house. It was another grey and pretty much sunless day so his reply to me was ” Ok but you are not going to see anything.” Which prompted my response ” If you don’t go out, you won’t see anything.”
We embarked on a journey around the outskirts of town making a few stops at various locations to take in the view, scan quickly for birds, walk and even survey the damage from the previous ice storms.
On one of our stops this is what I found. My husband following through on one of his summer hobbies. You see he likes to collect lost things like fishing lures. My photographer brain told me I needed to take the photo. It’s not a great photo – but a record of a memory, a capture of a moment in time.
My point of view tells me the photo really likely has no meaning or value to anyone else but myself or someone close but it does represent a vision. His point of view is one of pride he was able to accomplish a goal – his first lure of the season.
One of the last stops we made that afternoon was to Gros Cap on the shores of Lake Superior. I got out of the vehicle and began to look around and study the ice formations at different levels to find the best point of view for my shot. The resultant image I will leave you with.
In my opinion and from a photographers point of view I think I managed an interesting image. It is good enough for a place in my portfolio. I’m happy with it and I hope that you will be also.
I think we can all agree that point of view differs from person to person. Out of the darkest things beauty can be found if you look. How you choose to view things has impact both to yourself and others sometimes. I challenge you to go out and really see. Find your beauty.