VIEWPOINTS AND OVERLOOKS
Photographers are constantly searching for, talking about, or capturing light. I often find the transformation of my visual experiences of natural light into physical prints or electronic media to be shared with others truly awe inspiring. One of my favorite manipulations of light however, is a kaleidoscope which I purchased several years ago from a specialty toy store. The scope is made of natural hardwood and is fitted with a clear, glass marble at the end rather than the usual bobbles and confetti.
A view through the scope reflects whatever you happen to be pointing it towards, refracting bits of light and shadow into abstractions. Even in what one might consider total darkness, the glass ball finds whatever small twinkle exists and bounces it between the inner prisms of the tube and delights the eye with diamonds and stars.
I came upon this kaleidoscope during a period of tremendous personal upheaval and with my first view through it, I was struck by how if things weren't quite right in my world, I didn't need to change the world, I simply needed to change my point of view. Subsequent views through the kaleidoscope, pointing it at new environments or low lighting, have caused me to wonder further at our perceptions of contrast, the opposites of light and dark, and on to the denial of negative over positive, the wage of war on evil for our image of good. But like Flikr's measure of interestingness or Google's algorithm for quality content, who's image is good and who gets to say?
Sorry. You won't find an answer here. Just that another peek through the scope has reminded me to think before the next bungee jump from the same old viewpoints and overlooks, bouncing back and forth between polarities before I settle for even a small degree of change in point of view.
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