imagePOV, Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

His mother wasn’t happy to see him lying on the floor in the middle of a busy aisle at New Morning*, but I was captivated by this young fellow. He had started out by standing as he first looked at this toy, but he was soon down on his haunches moving the colored beads from one place to another, searching for the best effect. I was tempted to ask him what he was trying to do, but thought better of it and just watched. It’s a simple toy, just colored beads strung on a variety of bent wires. The beads can be moved from one side of the frame, but they must stay on the wire. There are only so many combinations, but it’s enough to keep a small child occupied.

This fellow, however, wasn’t satisfied with looking at this thing from a normal point of view. He turned it around and looked at it from all sides. Finally, he stretched out on the floor for a worm’s eye view. He will make a good photographer, for that is something that is key to expanding our understanding of our subjets. Getting a really good look at our subject from a variety of viewpoints and angles, and thereby getting a more complete understanding of it. We get to see how light and shadow changes its shape, and we get a better understanding of how it fits in its surroundings; we are better able to understand its scale, too.

What this kid was doing is normal for a child, but we seem to grow out of this sort of curiosity as we get older. We think we’ve seen it all before and can’t be bothered to make the effort. But, if we try harder, if we look a little closer, if we get down on the floor, perhaps we can find something we haven’t seen before. The worst thing that happens is we get a little exercise and flex our joints.

*New Morning is our local natural food market and restaurant, my “office away from home”. The food is good and healthy and the coffee fresh.

Olympus OMD EM5 with 20mm f1.7 lens.


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