Perspective Shifts from Behind Bars in Wakodahatchee Wetlands- Picture to Ponder – V5-issue 27

by Sheila Finkelstein on July 31, 2009

I was going through thousands of my photos taken over the past few years, choosing a wide range to present to a client for selection to be used as part of an upcoming DVD, when the first photo above caught my attention. I found myself pausing for a moment or so.

I was attracted to the colors, textures and design and even more by the “mystery.” “What is it?” I wondered.

Before I took the time to patiently puzzle it through, I moved on to other photos in the folder for the answer. When I saw the rooster, shown in the lower photo, I realized that the top image was that of feathers of the bird photographed between the railing slats on the boardwalk at Wakodahatchee Wetlands.

A few years ago, after a bout of challenging weather, this rooster had wandered from his normal farm environment into the Wetlands.

A close-up view of the visible portion of a rooster through a railing and the rooster himself, full body.

I found many photos of the rooster selected the second one to feature here because I like the erect head and proud posture. Then once it was set up, I noticed the HEART shape in the whole! That certainly was a delightful and pleasing surprise! I hope you find it so also.

Once again we see, as in the last issue, that altering positions, “points of view”, in this case moving from “behind bars”, we get a different feeling or communication.

In this case, I moved from the unknown to the known and was excited with my discovery. Then, interestingly, once I knew what the fluffy colors were I started thinking “feather duster” and this put a different “spin” on that whole soft and appealing imagery that first attracted me. The new association put some “negativity” into what had been a joyful experience.

Reinforcing this reversal of my initial excitement was the concern that the rooster might seem not “fitting” to be a subject at this time for Picture to Ponder. It might not be appealing to you.

And, then I saw the heart, got a “warm, fuzzy feeling” and I thought, “Who would reject a heart?”

I’ve actually gone into a little more length on the “story” here because I wanted to point out what we all do to ourselves.

Now, I invite you to look at situations in your life where you may have extensive and changing stories that may be pulling you in different directions.

Are there any where you can simply choose the most powerful and empowering one? Or, might there be a situation where the most fruitful action would be to simply let all the stories and interpretations go and move on? Remember you are the one who gets to choose.

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As always, put fun into this. Where will you find faces and smiles today?

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Debii July 31, 2009 at 6:05 pm

I have to laugh at the timing of this picture. This week there has been a big article in one of the local papers about a group of people who are trying to overturn the City’s ban against raising backyard chickens. Just what we need on our 55 ft wide city lots. My family raised chickens when I was a kid in VT, but we had 135 acres of land. I can’t imagine doing this in the city, and I’m starting to organize a group to lobby our commissioners to keep the ban. So when I saw this picture, it certainly was not appealing, but certainly WAS timely!!! Hee Hee!


Marifran August 1, 2009 at 8:19 am

Hi Sheila,
Great PtP. Both photos are excellent and I enjoyed your questions.

Wow, if I keep your questions in mind all the time, I’d have greater satisfaction and less stress.

What a gorgeous rooster. The coloring is so rich. In the first photo, the fence provides a sharp, flat frame that contrasts the soft, fluffy center. The difference makes it all the more intriguing. Your brilliance was shining when you initially took it.

Thanks for pointing out the heart, since I would have missed that.

This week I am going to practice looking at shapes, along with considering those questions.


Sheila Finkelstein August 1, 2009 at 8:41 am

Thanks, Marifran. I just read response sent directly to me. I found it so interesting, I’m sharing it here –

I love the 1st photo espec. & no I couldn’t figure out what it was. Interesting, in seeing the whole rooster, I realize I’d never noticed the lovely black tail feathers!!.

Re “Point of View” reminds me of when I traveled to Europe & took photos for a photo project for elementary school children, as part of my teacher recertification class at CU. I took close-ups of various things & then the distance photo so the children could see/guess what the close-up subject was.

I also did sequence series for the children & photographed
how different countries stacked the hay, etc. It was fun…I almost got left by the bus a few times, since I was so engrossed in taking photos. For ex. at the sculpture park in Oslo Norway, I almost was left by the bus. Fabulous sculpture there.” MZ


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