Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Here's an interesting shot from my camera roll. I like the complex geometric patterns of lines and stripes - shadows of a grated railing - that crisscross most of the image. On the right edge is my handbag whose stripes complement and contrast with the other more delicate lines, and leaves a uniquely chunky shadow.
And while this detail may escape the casual viewer, the object that appears under the bag is a tiny fragment of my shorts and my leg. So technically, this is not just an artsy shot but a sly selfie as well.
I'd like to say I planned this all out and orchestrated this photo to a T but that would be a dirty lie.
The truth is that it was an unintentional capture. I was strolling across the upper deck of a ferry in the middle of Puget Sound, nearly blown over by gusty winds, and my numb fingers inadvertently hit the trigger.
Later, when I skimmed through my camera roll, I noticed this misfit in among the towering mountains and glimmering seas.
Oh, gosh. Dumb. Delete it.
But just as my thumb hovered over the little trash can for a fraction of an instant, I noticed. I saw the potential for beauty in an unassuming mistake, and now I am very grateful for this happy accident.