Down to Size


There is a sense of poetry to this image that the viewer will not be able to appreciate without some revelation. This gentleman, passing under these looming rock faces in his diminutive craft, was photographed from a much larger vessel on which the contrasting scale would be lost. The shot was taken from a ferry leaving Departure Bay that passes right by the picturesque shores and cliffs of Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park, BC and, if the time of day is correct, there are photo opportunities to be had.

The best angle for a shot like this is from as close to the water's surface as is possible. This affords one the same perspective as the the subject in the photo and helps to draw the viewer into the scene. For this reason, I went down to the lower vehicle deck to capture this image.

Scale and perspective are important elements in creating an image, because these are some of the measures by which we find our sense of self within a scene, our world, or even our lives. Where do we fit? How do we perceive our surroundings? Who are we in comparison to the challenges we face and the forces that press in on us? These form our sense of our own personal presence in our world. These are the lenses through which we see ourselves as large or small.

Then there is a scale that we seldom seem to be aware of—perhaps due to its implications. The scale on which—like our Earth in the cosmos—we appear to not even appear. This scale stands established in the midst of all others and shows us how truly insignificant we are, how powerless we are and how finite we are. The perspective we gain, however, by embracing this perspective is truly miraculous. From this vantage point we see significance, grace and eternity. Yes; I replaced power with grace. This is because this beautiful perspective is seen only as reflected in the Eye of the Beholder.

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