Winter Beauty: A Simple Lesson In Perspective

Yesterday as I was going through some photos of winter scenes that I shot a few weeks ago, I was taken with the following simple lesson in perspective.

It’s a lesson that applies to photography as well as problems.

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Sometimes the simplest things look complex & confusing when you see them up close.  For instance, here is a tangle of brown tree branches covered in white snow.

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Step back, add a bit of a blue sky and the snow-covered brown tree branches begin to look less chaotic.  In fact, from this angle the tree branches appear more organized & interconnected.

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Expand your perspective again and the snow-covered brown tree branches in the foreground become incidental to the clear blue sky that forms the background.

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The simple lesson here?

By putting a little distance between you and whatever, you’ll see the big picture.  And from that vantage point, we can only hope, you’ll understand what’s really going on.

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Ally Bean

Observant wordsmith. Humorous. Fond of foibles. Curious. Delighted by design. Adaptable. Midwestern by chance.

10 thoughts on “Winter Beauty: A Simple Lesson In Perspective”

  1. So true! Not being a “big picture” kind of girl myself, I can relate. I get so bogged down by minutae so often. “Can’t see the forest for the trees”, as it were…!

    1. nance, I am forever worrying over some detail of something that I’m doing somewhere. I think that’s why when I saw these photos side-by-side I was taken with the idea of looking at the big picture.

  2. I’m definitely not a big picture person, so I loved this post. However, I thought that all the photos were gorgeous; is there beauty in the small and chaotic as well as the large and imposing? :)

    1. Thanks Margaret. I believe that there’s beauty in the small and chaotic, but when I want to accomplish something I get so hung up on it that I forget to see the big picture. *sigh*

  3. Truest of wisdoms, Ally Bean! (I am sorry, I love saying your name.) Wonder why I liked the more chaotic picture the best? But you are so right–perspective and space and distance enlightens us in a way we so often need to feel right in the world again.

    1. Kathy, I liked the chaotic one, too. Details fascinate me which is great; but often times they lead me down the path to indecision. Somehow I need to learn to balance the details with the big picture, I guess.

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