It was the start of another day, much like any other. My morning photo walk, my daily dose of creative inspiration.
I climbed the stairs of a downtown parking garage, the morning commute barely begun, yellow-lined spaces sitting empty, each patiently waiting for the workday to begin. The world looked different from up here, high above the streets below.
And then, there they were, right at eye-level.
A bird’s eye view of two street lamps: their delicate golden globes snaring the sunlight, the lovely curve of their silhouettes carving the bleached-white of the sky.
From this level, they were close enough to reach out and touch. Details unseen from below were now distinct - patterns and textures in high relief, shimmering in the sun. Up close, their size amazes. A magical transformation wrought by a simple change in perspective.
For many of us, our default point-of-view is shooting from a standing position, looking straight ahead. After all, it’s the easy shot, the one that’s right there in front of us. But what do we miss by not exploring further?
Sometimes we have to make the climb, up all five flights of stairs. We have to take ourselves out of our street level view and seek out the heights. Change our perspective – by moving closer, climbing higher, getting low, backing away. Whatever it takes to see things differently and shake up our pedestrian viewpoint.
Because there is so much out there waiting to be seen, waiting to be framed, waiting to be captured.
Here it is: the golden radiance of a street lamp, sunlight trapped like a genie waiting to be released by a touch. Offering up wishes and the answers to dreams.
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Our guest today, Brenda Gottsabend, comes to us from Canton, Ohio, blogging at How to Feather an Empty Nest. If you want to hear how as an IT/IS Professional she decided to just quit her secure job and jump off into the deep end of the unknown and still survived, check her out here. Thank you, Brenda, for joining us today!