The power of perspective

All three of these photos are of the same yellow tomato sitting on a cabinet with the same lighting. It may just be a tomato, but it makes a simple example of how varying angles and distance can portray different perspectives. We all know the story of Goldilocks…this one is too hot, this one is too cold, this one is just right.

Which of these photos looks just right to you? Why?

Is it the one on the left, medium size and angled slightly with just a glimpse of the blemish showing, proportional to its surroundings?

Middle? The power stance, filling the frame with its glory and casting a large shadow. Meeting the camera head on, and yet hiding any faults on the back side, unwilling to show any weakness.

Or last but certainly not least, the small, heart-shaped one on the right? Is it lonely? Maybe it’s a child, or quiet introvert not ready to join the caprese salad just yet. Or maybe it just needs a broader view of the world to best determine its place in it.

Each one of these photos is just right for different reasons, and the same goes for people whose persona matches one of the descriptions above.

What’s wrong is when we judge the other two for who they are.

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.”

~ zen shin