Patti’s challenge this week invites us to share dual photos of the same subject — one closer than the other. And if you haven’t seen her post, please take a look at the examples that show that one may not be better than the other, but a new perspective nonetheless.
More and more people seem to be separating from nature. I’m trying to go in a different direction. I’m getting closer and closer.Dean Potter
Mill Pond in Apalachicola, Florida, is, at its least, a gathering place for working boats in need of a rest. If you’re a landllubber as I am, just standing at the end of the boat line-up is thrilling enough.
But closer looks reveal beautiful nautical details — like the rusty chain and weathered, painted wood in the top photo. Moving from one perspective to another likely enhances your experience, by focusing on details rather than the whole.
Take this boat, for example: Beasley Pride. It’s put in its time as a working boat. And its not-so-prim exterior makes it picture-worthy on its own. There’s life in those details, for sure.
But moving in closer provides onlookers with something more — reflections of the water, aging of the exterior, and a glimpse of hardier days gone by.
On another boat, loops of rope vie for attention with a yellow bucket, crusty rails, and green netting. Up close, however, those gathered loops of rope become artsy on their own.
Most of the time, I prefer — even seek out — the closer view for the details of life that imitate art.
But in this pair of photos below, I almost like the distant collage better. Perhaps it’s the lower resolution that spoils this version of the life preserver on the right, but maybe not. Maybe this time the whole just has more to offer than the partial view does.
In this last pair of photos, a mariner prepares for a day at sea. As I tried not to draw attention to myself or to the fact that he was the subject of a photo by someone who knows nothing of sailing, fishing, or any combination of the trade, I stood quietly on the sidewalk bordering Mill Pond to capture this boat, this man, this stuff.
But when I moved in closer, I liked the scenario even better: a sea lover doing what he does so often that it’s habit . . . almost ready to move on.
Travel closely and then move in some more,
Rusha and Bert