Eric Loehwing Wins June 2021 Work Share “Competition” TAKEN FROM ABOVE (See Photo)
At first glance I almost dismissed this photo as a barely literal interpretation of the theme. It seemed like someone merely stepped up on a rock or something to get a slightly more elevated view of this cemetery.
And the location, a graveyard, was a little…unusual, although cemetery photography is a “thing” in the photographic community.
It was a pretty-enough picture: Good exposure, a foreground interest point, and nice colors with the flowers, trees, and other vegetation. I went on to view the other entries and found some fine photographs, and some prettier pictures.
But a curious thing happened. I came back to look at this photo again: And again, and again.
Like an Internet “worm,” this photo entered my mind, rattled around, and sparked an unsettling feeling. In a flash of insight the photo caused a roller coater ride of emotions.
Expressed in Internet terms, these emotions were: WTF, OMG, Bahahaha!
But after the good laugh faded away another emotion came.
This is also a beautiful, haunting photograph. A poetic reminder that we are only here for a short while. We really don’t need another reminder of that, do we? Apparently, I do, because I find myself getting caught up in things that are meaningless in the big picture, so to speak.
So in recognition of that fact, and in response to Eric’s photograph-poem, I went out this week and took over 1,000 photographs.
Because that’s an activity that’s meaningful to me and I’ve known for quite some time that I really like the view taken from above. After all there will be plenty of time to push up daisies later.
So thanks Eric. Thanks for all of it: The laugh, the roller coaster ride, the reminder, and the resulting photographs.
And, most of all, the beautiful haunting poem-in-a-photograph!