Life is a kaleidoscope of perspectives.
I have had many perspectives in my relatively short life. I have seen the world from the top and from about as low a bottom as anyone could imagine. I have begged for forgiveness, often undeserved, and I have forgiven. I have now even seen the world through my own children’s eyes.
Photography allows me to manipulate perspectives, to frame them in ways that you may have never thought to look at a particular scene. This photograph was taken at Big Talbot Island State Park, just north of Jacksonville, Florida. It was a hot summer day, and in my infinite foresight, I arrived around noon, just as the sun was reaching its apex in the sky. The shadows played on the driftwood as it began its slow descent to the West. I came upon a particularly large live oak (Quercus Virginiana), which had two large branches reaching towards the sky. One was perfectly vertical, and the other was at about thirty degrees. I took a number of photographs of the geometry of the branches, but none were particularly aesthetically pleasing. Although mathematics often make photographs interesting, when it is particularly complex like a fractal in a snail’s shell, when the shapes are so simple, they sometimes do not lend themselves to a pleasing composition.
Determined to use them for a shot, I evaluated what struck me about them. I zoomed into one of the closer shots I took, which approximately resembled this final photograph, and I loved the contrast between the dark, shadowed wood, and the brightly lit ocean and clear blue sky. I reframed the photograph, itself a frame, and captured this scene. The fact that the wave rolled in at the exact right time with a sandy color to complete the triangle was a bonus that I only realized when I was touching the photo up later that day.
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