Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Paradox of Perspective

Looking Up at a Street Lamp and Old Enquirer Building, Cincinnati, Ohio  © Doug Hickok


We journey through life perceiving our world mostly from "ground level". Opinions, beliefs, values and philosophies... our individual world view... are all based on this typical perspective.


View of Downtown and Ohio River Valley from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio  © Doug Hickok


But, from a drastically opposite perspective, our world looks completely different. Perhaps it is pleasant, or perhaps it is unsettling compared to what we are accustomed to or comfortable with. Call this new perspective an epiphany, a revelation, the light bulb over your head lighting-up, or simply another person's opposing world view. Regardless, the view expands our horizons.

Though both of these world views are radically different, both are true, valid, and exist simultaneously.

26 comments:

  1. Amazing POV. Love both shots. Fine work.

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  2. Wonderful shots. I particularly like the vertical view looking up the tower. I must remember to look up.

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  3. These came out great!! I love the textures!

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  4. in the first i appreciate this clever point of view with an impressive depth

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  5. No, I'm not feeling dizzy at all! Wonderful!

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  6. Perfectly said and shown, Doug. Always look up...something I often say. Sometimes we also need to look down!

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  7. Great capture!
    And nice view
    Well done Doug!

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  8. On the first one I like the sensation of dizziness which offers the composition and over the second the soft light which bathes the city

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  9. So is the same different?
    Or the difference is same?
    I'll have to ask another me in "the" parallel universe to answer these questions. Oh yes, why "the"? Can't we not have more than one parallel universe?

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  10. A great post Doug. Love the first shot especially and your words.

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  11. Looking up and looking down, great idea for a presentation of two different perspectives and excellent shots !

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  12. things are definitely looking up in your world, doug.

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  13. please don't look down on me for saying that.

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  14. che bellezza queste foto!!!!!

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  15. Great post Doug -and so true-. Love your images of Cincinnati a favorite city of mine.

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  16. Wow, I almost feel dizzy looking at the first image - you've captured and amazing photograph. I love the reflections of the blue sky an the building in the windows.
    The soft golden light in the second image is beautiful and together they make a fabulous diptych!

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  17. Nice shots man. It is kinda cool to think about. Reality is what you make it though. Or is it, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around does it still make a sound?

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  18. So very true Doug and so very well illustrated with the photographs. It feels like we've lost the ability to understand/entertain/respect any perspective that varies from our own. Looking from a different perspective doesn't weaken us it strengthens us.

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  19. Nice words doug... love the first shot .. would be better if the pole is exactly in the corner ..

    also wen u luk from the top.. all your problems looks small ... :)

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  20. very cool perspective on the first image, nice!

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  21. very fitting and original juxtaposition - and clever words re our view of the world!
    (ad my cemetery photo of today - this kind of cemetery is fairly common in western austria!)

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  22. As always------great and enjoyable photos!!!

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  23. I really like the dappled pools of light in the worm's eye view and what a great idea to combine it with a bird's eye view.

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  24. good point.. photos explain it better.. nice work presenting both views.. ;)

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  25. That's a really interesting first picture and I love your thoughts about perspective. Very true indeed.

    Duncan In Kuantan

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