The ne’er used bench

imageBench and stone walk, Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

I have a suspicion that even when this bench was being placed next to the walk it wasn’t with the thought of actually being sat upon. Since then it has weathered and taken on a rough texture certain to do one’s clothing no good, but it still serves the original intent; an interesting garden feature.

This morning I read Ming Thein’s blog*, and part of the topic was overcoming the “blind spots” we have for our home towns; to continue to see the new, or previously unseen, in our own back yards. His home town is Kuala Lampour and it’s hard to image growing so used to living in such an exotic city that it’s an effort to find something new; it is so different from where I live. And yet it happens to us all. This bench is barely twenty feet from a corner on Main Street, and is a place I have passed too many times for me to imagine, and yet I’d never seen it before. It’s my belief that to best enjoy photography, and life, we have to try to pay attention to what’s going on around us. We don’t want to miss a thing.

Pentax K5IIs with kit zoom.

* Ming Thein is one of my favorite bloggers on photography. Check him out.   


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