Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Having just started blogging, I was unfamiliar with the ‘Postaday’ challenges issued by WordPress.  I was quite thrilled this morning to receive an email from WordPress

DJ Tre P

DJ Tre P. Never should have told me that she hated this name. 🙂

highlighting the ‘Post Ideas’, ‘Challenges’ and ‘Photography Prompts’. I was leaving to spend the day at the Adler Planetarium with a Meetup group and my girlfriend ‘Tre P’.  I have chosen this as her DJ name.  While the title of the Challenge was, ‘From Above”, I have taken artistic license and chosen to interpret this as ‘Change your Perspective’.

Adler

Adler

The idea of perspective is an interesting one.  Every day, all around us things are happening.  Many are conscious decisions; parties, people driving to work, a couple meeting for a date, the crew at Lake and Canal erecting what I guess will be a new condo building.  An innumerable number of consciously chosen interactions.  Our socio-biological derived perspective places all of these interactions into nice little buckets of prediction.  I intentionally conflate society and biology here.  Among the evidence from cross species cues is this article which asserts that Dogs can catch the yawning bug from humans.  I believe that a portion of our social cues are biologically derived.  Socially derived cues are so obvious as to be a truism.  The clinking of glasses after a toast, a couple holding hands, a finger held up while you read a text message.  There is more than just communication across the entire spectrum.  This is what I think of when I hear the word perspective.  Our perspective is the socio-biological derived rules to be followed by a functioning member of society.  This is how we coexist.  This is how you know to step away from the curb when the driver in front of you puts his arm around the back of the passenger seat and looks back.  This is how we know that the hug from a friend is harmless and not a prelude to assault.  This is how a quick touch of someones horn is a ‘Heads Up’, but a longer held horn indicates annoyance or anger.

I almost feel like I could run up the Hancock.

I almost feel like I could run up the Hancock.

This perspective does more than simply protect us from danger and allow us to communicate   It also colors our world view.  We can predict the vast majority of our lives.  People wanting to talk to us will try to approach from the front.  In most cases they will present with a smile.  After an introduction, a handshake is expected.  The light that just went yellow means you still have a good 10 seconds to get through the intersection.  Roads in the city core will attempt to follow a straight path.  Danger is likely to come from front, back, left or right.  When was the last time you looked up or down before crossing a street?  The height of a curb is easily predicted so you can hop down without a though.  When this predicted model fails, danger, anger and humor is often the result.

There has been a crack on my street for 2 years.  It causes a disruption of no more than 2 inches in the cement yet still I trip over this damn thing at least twice a month.  Two years ago the city of Chicago fixed a monster pot hole (read gateway to hell) about a mile down Lakeshore.  I still catch myself changing lanes before I get to this spot.  We all do these things because they have been ingrained into our perspective of the world.  This perspective allows usually for a pretty accurate albeit often boring model of our world.

What happens when we intentionally change our perspective?  What happens when the flowers or tree are no longer viewed from the front, back, left or right side, but from the bottom up?  What happens when the marble floor and wall are viewed from a very close perspective thus eliminating the context of the entire field of view?  The images in this post are my answer.

Recently Bloomed flower

Recently Bloomed flower

Lets all try to change our perspective from time to time, the world morphs into something more beautiful or weird than expected.  I hope everyone finds this subject as intriguing as I do.

A fork in Low Light

A fork in Low Light

Up the tree to the top of the Hancock.

Up the tree to the top of the Hancock.

Marble Floor and Wall

Marble Floor and Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Micah Norman

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