Those Red Frames

Red-Frames (1)Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Our eyes (and brains) are wonderfully sensitive to what is different, to the unusual.  The red frames of the sunglasses caught attention from across the street. They stood out; unexpected against the background. Maybe it’s a carryover from our distant roots as hunter/gatherers when it might have been a matter of survival to notice the unusual. We are wired to take special note of the different, the odd in our environment.

We, along with most animals, are also particularly sensitive to movement. A faun is camouflaged when young to help it blend into the forrest background, but it also knows instinctively to remain motionless at the sign of a threat to avoid detection.

The young man jogging by got the attention of the woman in the sunglasses. I saw those red frames tilt up and follow him…just for a moment.

Pentax K5IIs with a legacy Pentax 50mm f1.4 lens. Processed in Photoshop CS4.


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