A matter of perspective

Can you tell what this is?

That would be sand.

Back in 2008, Dr. Gary Greenberg took pictures of sand with an Edge 3D microscope to examine the inherent art in nature.

I was reminded of Dr. Greenbergs majorly macro photography and how it turned sand into something else, when I saw this post on Lost at E Minor about Craig Taylor’s macro photos of insects.

Being able to look at these bugs as closely as Taylor allows us to look at them is an amazing example of how photography can help the viewer achieve a new sense of perspective. When they’re crawling across the floor or buzzing around our lamps, it’s easy to dismiss bugs as these tiny, insignificant creatures. Their small size defines them as nuisances. However, to see them up close and in such rich detail, it reminds the viewer of how complex these little creatures really are. They’re not just an annoying little speck; they are richly evolved physiological machines, as are mammals and reptiles and any other member of the animal kingdom.

Then there’s Santlov’s “Toys ‘R’ Just Like Us” series (via Fstoppers), in which toys are photographed up close and posed so that they resemble models. The lighting, the naturalness of posture, and the close-up angle make toys that have no resemblance to real people look like models in a fashion or commercial shoot.

Think, also, about Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Dioramas series, in which Sugimoto uses a photographic perspective to make diorama’s from New York’s Natural History Museum seem real. As Sugimoto explains, “the stuffed animals positioned before painted backdrops looked utterly fake, yet by taking a quick peek with one eye closed, all perspective vanished, and suddenly they looked very real. I’d found a way to see the world as a camera does. However fake the subject, once photographed, it’s as good as real.”

What photographers have allowed you to shift your perspective?

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