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/

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

Beauty in Unlikely Places, Flaneur

Contemplation of the Beautiful


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.