To me, photography is an art of observation . . . I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.Elliott Erwin
It’s all too easy perhaps to spot something photo-worthy, grab a couple of shots and move on. But I’ve found that the first shot you take, or even the third, is rarely the best. In the ‘old days’ of film photography, most of us could only afford to take two or three shots at most. If you wanted to come away with a memorable image it was important to take your time, walk around the subject and choose the best perspective.
Today we can enjoy the luxury of being able to do both, to take the obvious shot and the less obvious. And that’s what I usually try to do. I think of my first few shots as ‘record shots’; they’re an accurate record of what I saw (the building, the monument, the animal, the scenery). But they are rarely the most interesting image that I’ll take away from the scene; that comes later. Often that will be a small detail, but sometimes it’s a view from a completely different angle.
And that’s what Cee asks us to find for this week’s CBWC challenge: an unusual perspective. So I trawled my archives and came up with this selection. None of these, except maybe the photo of a Moroccan desert village taken from a balloon, will have been my first ‘take’ on the subject. But all of them, I hope, will give you a different perspective on it. All images apart from the NYC one were edited with Nik Silver Efex; the one from Top of the Rock was converted with Photoshop Elements.
A Moroccan desert house photographed from a balloon
Donkeys in the Colca Canyon area, Peru, photographed from higher up the hill
From looking down to looking up; trees at Kielder Water, Northumberland
Getting down to a dog’s eye-level view at a café in Hanoi, Vietnam
A distorted view, looking through the glass of Cape May Lighthouse, NJ
Another distortion; London’s Docklands reflected in a street sculpture
And another very weird reflection, this time in a street sculpture near St Paul’s cathedral, London (photographer included!)
Taken as we were leaving Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Looking for a different angle on a much-photographed sight: La Giralda, Seville, reflected in a night time puddle
And the Empire State Building as seen from the Top of Rock, NYC. Do the coin-operated binoculars look like a face to you, also enjoying the view?
Zooming in on a building in Hoxton, east London
And finally, a different sort of selfie; a self-portrait on crutches, Essaouira, Morocco