Changing Perspectives Inspired by a Yellow Pepper – Picture to Ponder – v6-issue 45

by Sheila Finkelstein on November 19, 2010

This week I had fun spending a lot of time with raw vegetables and fruits, cutting, blending and eating them for my friend Rachelle Anslyn’s and her partner Thomas Radtke’s Make It Real, Make It Raw detox blast. Not surprisingly, as I was cutting vegetables, especially peppers, certain imagery grabbed my attention. I, of course, went for my camera.

Today’s Featured Photos

yellow pepper on table and chair back reflections

yellow pepper center - abstract

abstract close up of yellow pepper

The top photo is the cut half of a yellow pepper with the center section of the opposite half turned upside down placed in the center of the half we see. When the photograph first appeared on my monitor, I was unable to identify the lines on the right. I was puzzled for quite a while. Yet I loved the play of light and shadows on the wood, finding a peacefulness emanating from the whole picture. I thus decided to use it as one of today’s feature photos.

Once making that decision I needed to determine what it all was. I originally assumed that the pepper was on my wooden cutting board. I finally realized that, in fact, I had placed it on my table and that the angled “grey” lines were the slats of a white chair pushed up against the table.

The middle photo is a very close-up view of the pepper’s center, creating, what to me is, a very whimsical image. As I inserted that photograph here my eye was drawn to the color and grace of the dark, curving “line” on the left.

I went back to Photoshop Elements to see what it would look if I went in and cropped the photo to highlight solely that line. Thus the bottom photo was born.

I hope you have as much fun with these as I did. If you start “playing” with your own cut vegetables, I’d love to learn about your experiences.

Self-Reflecting Queries
Today’s photos lend themselves to another one of the recurring themes in Picture to Ponder – looking at objects, people and things from a multitude of perspectives. In addition, of course, there is my constant message for “paying attention to whatever grabs your eye.”

So, as I did with the pepper, I invite you to firstly, to divide in half an object, situation, or your thoughts about a particular person. Then look at both “halves”. Do you see differences? Do they change with repositioning?

Then zoom in more closely. Does anything change? Can you find any humor in that at which you are looking either with your eyes or with your thoughts?

Lastly, with the latter perspective, find one thing that is appealing in what you’ve noticed. Zoom in. Move around it. What new do you see?

Despite my saying “lastly”, you are of course welcome to continue your exploration.

When finished, please post your experience in the COMMENTS section below.

As always, have fun and open up to new possibilities.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachelle Anslyn November 19, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Thanks Sheila for playing with food this week with us and using the camera again to capture the beauty and wonder of food. Reminding us all to play, be present and enjoy the moment… and our food!


Sheila Finkelstein November 19, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Thanks, Rachelle. It was a great week. I think I neglected to mention that in the article. I am feeling highly energized and loved so many of the foods. I truly appreciate your having put this together, as well as all that you and Thomas shared.


Susan November 19, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Girl…you continue to outdo and top yourself. Almost didn’t read the narrative…didn’t want to ‘spoil’ my own impressions of the photos. What sheer fun the whole experience was. You continue to see deeper and deeper, and yet with a wistfulness, a playfulness that grows. Kudos, friend!


Sheila Finkelstein November 19, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Thanks, Susan. You are a sweetheart. I appreciate the acknowledgment. AND, I’m glad you had fun. So what WERE YOUR impressions, before reading?


Marifran Korb November 19, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Dear Sheila,
You are amazing in bringing out the sensuality of a pepper. The visuals make me smell the pepper. I can hear the crispness and feel the juiciness.

As an aside, the pepper on the table looks as large as a bowl. Maybe it’s the Florida sun that does it. 🙂

I love that you are focusing on buying and eating raw foods. And I admire the discipline that takes.


Sheila Finkelstein December 1, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Thanks so much for your comments on both the photo and my eating, Marifran. The pepper on the table came from Costco. I doubt that it was from Florida and may well have come from a tropical area. I suspect it may look as large as a bowl because of its position on the table, in front of a chair :), that is if you recognized it as a chair.


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