How enormous! How tiny!

If you know a pathologist like one that I know, he’s constantly taking microphotographs of weird things he sees under his microscope.   “Here’s a particularly photogenic arterial thrombus small enough to fit in a single field!” And doesn’t everyone know someone sharing photos of the moons of Jupiter or solar eclipses?

 Most of us tend to take photos of people (and often ourselves!).  But there are other ranges of photography.  The landscape is one.  If you look at the woodcuts of Hiroshige, there are folks there, but they’re minor decorations in a capture of the magnificence of wild nature. 

“Kanbara Evening Snow” — Utagawa Hiroshige (1833)

And there are still life images like this one:

Fly agaric, more properly called ‘Amanita muscaria

A part of photography is slowing down, carefully observing, and capturing some feeling or memorable aspect of our life.  (By the way, never eat one of these mushrooms; google it if you’re curious about fly agaric mushrooms!)   The world is filled with fascinating objects worthy of capturing in a camera – or if you’re skilled, with paints or pencils. 

Capture what?  Try concrete.  As an exercise, take 15 photos of concrete, and you may be amazed at how varied they can be!  Or patterns of foliage.  Or of beer bottles.  Or of clouds. 

It’s a big world.  Humans are just a tiny (though important part) of the universe.  Free yourself.  Look around.  Enjoy!