Flaneur, Photo Theme

Travel Theme: Shadows

Sometimes I take pictures of shadows on purpose and other times they appear in my pictures as a surprise, so this was fun – going on a scavenger hunt through my pictures looking for shadows.

Thanks again to Ailsa for her wonderful prompt! Take a look at her blog here: http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/02/01/travel-theme-shadows/

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Figueres, Spain
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Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, Texas, USA
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American Cemetery, Normandy, France
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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, USA
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“Waiting to Cross”, Cannes, France
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South Beach, Miami, Florida, USA

Beauty in Unlikely Places, Flaneur

Contemplation of the Beautiful

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That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.

~ Edgar Allan Poe

The thing I love about this quote is that it reinforces the notion that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder – it is completely subjective.  What one finds attractive, another would dismiss or not even notice in the first place.

Consider the picture above.  It was a rusty old bench, uncovered and uninviting, not meant for sitting upon.  However, something about the thing invited me to take a closer look.  I enjoyed the ornate scroll work and shadows at play in that early morning hour.  I had gone to McKinney Square that day with the purpose of photographing the fall decorations.  Instead of staying on course and ignoring everything else, I kept my eyes open for beauty, and I found it in an unlikely place.

Practicing photography has made me more aware that there is beauty all around, and whether or not I have a camera in my hand, it is worth actively seeking.