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Visiting the Visual Again

hirakismail's picture

Looking back at my images, this one does seem more anthropocentric than the second, if I view it from a smaller animal's perspective. Around Rhoad's Pond, there aren't many animals that would be able to see the grass, blossoms, and lake from the angle this photo takes. I was kneeling on my knees when I took this picture, because I wanted to get the trees, grass, petals, fence, and lake all in one image. I wanted to encompass the surroundings in this photo. In deciding which pict to post the first time, I had a hard time deciding between this and the second, because I had a feeling somehow that this one  was not as specific to the sight, or seemed to not fit somehow. Now I realize perhaps why I felt that way.

This second image is perhaps more representative of the way an animal or insect who lives in or near this particular tree might see it's surroundings. I lay on the grass on my stomach for this one and really bent the camera so it was as close to the ground as possible, this being easier because it was a cell-phone camera. It still perhaps covers too wide of a range for let's say, an ant, but a squirrel perhaps might see this way? There were definitely plenty of those nearby while I spent my time observing. They spent more time on the fence than anything, but if one were to come and stand on the grass, this might be how it would look for it. Here, the trees and fence go into the background, and the blades of grass with the petals are heavily foregrounded. The details that this photo both blurs and focuses on are why I found this pic to perhaps be the "better" visual to represent what I'm trying to do with my observations this semester. I want to be able to see the setting from different angles, whether that means standing, sitting, crouching, lying down, and see what that does for me, what thoughts it brings forth, etc. 



Smacholdt's picture

Bird's Eye View

This is such an interesting idea! I wouldn't have though to find an image from the perspective of an animal other than a human. Your second picture is almost more interesting than the first because it's so unique. Many of us have seen hundreds of pictures of Bryn Mawr's blossom-covered campus in the spring, but the second picture goes beyond that cliché by asking the important question, what would this look like to a non-human? I wonder how this scene would look to a bird?