If there were a theme this month it would be to look beyond the metaphor. I think it is an acquired skill to look beyond the apparent complexity of a thing and see it for what it truly is beneath. Instead, we tend to ascribe other complex meanings and personifications to inanimate objects. Take, for example, a rose. The symbolism, the inferred meaning of love and beauty is significant, yet the truth of the object is that it is just a flower. With thorns.
So how many situations in your daily life are like this? Tons of implied or inferred meaning but bottom line, it’s just a colored cloth tied to a pole. Or an asterism. Or a German sports car (still just a car). Or a rock in your shoe. I know given the theme that this paragraph can be taken as pretty metaphor-heavy. But sometimes, it really is just a rock in your shoe.
How many times do we look at a scene and fail to comprehend what’s happening because we are distracted by the apparent complexity? In pondering this whole idea, I asked myself, “Can this metaphor-free metaphor could be applied to photography?” I would like to think so.
This rose was in a vase in the kitchen. I am sure that when you look at it, your imagination may fill in the gaps as to the meaning behind a rose or the last time you held one. And that’s completely ok. In fact, sometimes photographers rely on you doing just that to connect with their images. It doesn’t change the fact that it is just a flower.
So I’m going to start by not being afraid to dare mighty things (you should really go look that quote up), and I am not going to be intimidated or distracted by the implied significance of a subject. Knock on that door. Ask that person. Just walk up to whatever it is and trip the shutter.
And I’d encourage you to try to do the same.
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