Weekly Photo Challenge: NEAR AND FAR (2)

A photograph loosely inspired by the Japanese concept of shakkei,ย a “borrowed view”:

A “borrowed view” incorporates the far distant, which belongs to something or someone else, into the near view which “belongs” to the borrower, as, a distant mountain utilized as part of a homeowner’s landscape design. So, technically this doesn’t really qualify — except in my mind. Which is, ultimately, where it counts.

For me, photography is an exceedingly personal art. And for you?

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8 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: NEAR AND FAR (2)

  1. pauline says:

    Well shoot – we’re all borrowers (except maybe John Malone who owns the 290,100-acre Bell Ranch in New Mexico as well as a million acres of timberland in Maine and New Hampshire)! I like your take on the concept – most of us can’t look too far before borrowing beauty ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Something vague floating around in my mind about — so much beauty in the world, even if you feel yours is limited that way, it pays to lift up your eyes and look around?

      • pauline says:

        It ALWAYS pays to lift up your eyes and look around. Beauty may be a concept but it’s as real to me as anything else in this world. So is ugliness but I like John Constable’s take: “I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may – light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.”

      • Touch2Touch says:

        And someone else (of course I forget who) said that paying real attention to anything, you discover that it’s beautiful. Or something like that.

  2. Stef says:

    I think all art is both personal and public; and the magic comes when another human understands that which once was solely personal to the creator….

    • Touch2Touch says:

      I love your coupling the word “magic” with what happens when a spark leaps between creator and viewer/reader. Every rare once in a while, the spark leaps when both parties are present at the same time. That is BIG magic.

  3. Photography, itself, is a borrowed view – no? A photograph here in my hand (or on my screen) with a view of your view of something else…

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