Perspective – It Matters

Perspective, point of view, paradigm, or whatever one wishes to call it – how something is seen makes all the difference in the world.

Take the below photo as an example.  It is from a recent hike in Bryce Canyon National Park amongst the hoodoos – the rock formations that dominate the canyon.  In the photo there is some nice rock, a bit of snow.  In short a fairly nice picture of some scenery.  It really does not solicit any response – it is just a photo.

However, add a bit of perspective to the photo and everything changes.  On first glance not much has changed – same area with maybe just a touch of a different angle or different light.  But add some perspective to the shot, and it is very different.  Check the lower left third of the picture, there is a person there.  Tough to see, but they are there wedged between the snow and rock.  Suddenly a nice bit of scenery takes on an entirely different meaning – it now has impact.  It solicits a response.  There is perspective to the photo.  The person brings a sense of scale – how vast the area really is.

It is an age-old lesson in photography – add scale to your photos.  Give the viewer something they can relate to in the picture.  It provides perspective.  How we see things is largely dependent on our perspective.  Conversely, how we are seen is also all about perspective.

Reinforcement of an age old lesson in business and life thanks to a hike.  Ironic in a way, it puts the value of taking a vacation into perspective.

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2 responses to “Perspective – It Matters

  1. andyandvickie

    Great photos. Bryce is one of the best parks in our national park system.

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