[ by Charles Cameron — in lieu of a belated Sunday Surprise, and slightly more serious ]
Camels throw shadows — a fact brilliantly exploited by George Steinmetz in a rightly celebrated photo, to be found lower in this post — but first, a taste of Steinmetz’ methodology:
It is, I suppose, possible to argue that it is the shadows that throw the camels — but I suggest that only by way of saying that when I post here, fresh angles, not particular statements of opinion, are mostly what I am after.
Steinmetz’ photo illustrates my point nicely:
As you may know — and Snopes confirms — this image is an overhead view of shadows cast by camels in the desert. What’s not immediately obvious is that the black shapes are the shadows, while the camels themselves are the thin strips of white that accompany them.
As Steinmetz’ website explains:
His latest passion is photographing the world’s deserts while piloting a motorized paraglider. This experimental aircraft provides him with a unique physical perspective over remote places that are inaccessible by conventional aircraft.
The unexpected, perhaps even unique, perspective then is what I’m chasing — an “angle” that encourages a frehs view of the matter at hand.
It’s intriguing to note the consonance between Steinmetz’ comment:
I always want to go to the blank spots on a map, or go just a little bit farther. Reality is always more interesting than imagination.
and a comment I quoted with a quick tsk, tsk from David Hume thw other day:
It were better, therefore, never to look beyond the present material world.
I feel a DoubleQuote coming on..