What is perspective? Well it has two meanings, one in the literal sense and one in the figurative sense and generally speaking, perspective is a point of view.
I’m a small town girl who loves nature and the outdoors like no other. But it wasn’t until I started to grow up when it kind of just hit me. I hate country music. And really, that was all I needed to know, I was meant to be a city girl.
An alternative rock chick at heart and a love for discovering new awesome mash ups, I moved to the city. Jobs and education opened up. People, friends, strangers and dating all opened up. I gained a new appreciation for ‘Opportunity’. I can bike to school in 7 minutes! And better yet I’m an 8-minute drive from Whole Foods, now that is something worth being excited about. Street photography is like this insane exciting adventure, and though I’m sure I’ll be the only one to say this, ever, oc transpo is a fun place to be. Why? Unreal people watching, one of my favorite things to do. And what an amazing beautiful city that I get to live in. Ottawa, “the big capital city with small town heart”, and if you needed any more reasons to love Ottawa, I would follow loveOttawa on all the social medias because it is truly awesome.
But back to this whole perspective thing, and why I took this image. I took this image for obvious reasons, it was a perfect snowfall, the trees were pretty, and it was 2 in the afternoon and I was all caught up on Suits, a clear indicator to get off my a*s and get out the door.
I bundled up, grabbed my Nikon D7100 (saving for a full frame is a challenge an a half), and I went on an adventure. And where did I go on this adventure? If you’re thinking a pretty fluffy white snowy forest, well you’re wrong. I was not 100, or 50 or even 20, but 10 steps out front of... a Gigantic Blue and Yellow Ikea, engulfed by a parking lot of cars itching to get a spring-cleaning, and muck, lots and lots of dirty slushy muck. If I were to take those 10 steps in the opposite direction and take a pic with my 50mm lens, that's the kind of visual you would get.
Now, I have two points of views myself on this, I one, found something pretty even though everything surrounding it really naturally was not. But my other understanding is that it’s important to be mindful that not everything you see is going to be what it really appears to be. It may just be a matter of changing your perspective to find that out, or it may just be matter of experiencing it yourself, or learning the ‘hard’ way. And needless to say, knowing this is good little reminder to be more aware to what it is you saying yes or no to, where you are spending your money and why, how your treating others the environment and yourself, and how they are treating you back...
Perspective is an amazing thing, or it’s the complete opposite, really I guess just comes down too how you look at it... I mean in all honesty only half that snow is real...
And just because, while car after car drove by probably questioning why such a little girl was nearly half deep in snow, I took photos of trees out front of a store where 90% of its products are made out of wood… but hey, at least they have nice landscape.