Friday, January 29, 2010

Distant


BridgeDownBelow, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Way down there, on the tiny little bridge, maybe sits a car or two. This was taken from a low-flying jet, somewhere above the great American southwest-I think Arizona but it might have been New Mexico. It's hard to tell these things when you're crammed into a tin can hurling above the universe at lightning fast speed.

Photography gets very interesting when you think about it as a 3-D compression. What's far can become near, what's near can become large, and the whole world gets flattened-we drop a dimension over the course of exposing our film (or camera sensor.) A lot can happen in that space. Sometimes, we miss it, sometimes we expand it, and sometimes we just scratch our heads wondering where it all went, or maybe, if we're lucky, we just take it all in and smile.

Distance can mean near, far, above, below, not immediately related to (distant cousin and all) and probably a host of other things. That which is distant seems so out of reach.

It's Friday and that's enough philosophy for one evening.

Until next time...

2 comments:

mythopolis said...

A provocative photo! I looked at it for several minutes. Carving a highway across terrain such as that is quite a human undertaking. And yet, from a distance they become feeble, and insignificant drawn lines, in contrast to the massive scale of nature's projects. At least, this is my miniscule reflection about it.

Carol said...

Thanks, Mythopolis! You're right about that. I bet that bridge seems so expansive as you drive over it, but, the reality is, we are small and insignificant in relation to the massive scale of earth and nature.