Place settings that include binoculars

Remember the other day when I said that Ehpem and I would point out things that the other may have missed in our recent photographic wanderings?

This is an example – I pointed out this dining room scene to Ehpem. But that was after his spouse had pointed it out to me.

We spent one night at the Point No Point Resort; it was a great place and all of us would not have minded a longer stay. Our cabin had views of the ocean and distant headlands, a hot tub on the deck, a fireplace. And there were trails down to the ocean.

And the dining room had spectacular views, and binoculars to bring those views closer. How can you not like a place that includes binoculars as part of the regular place settings?


Dining Room

Point No Point Resort, British Columbia
photographed 4.22.2015

(You can see Ehpem’s post here, and the series here.)

Posted on May 23, 2015, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I almost missed the binoculars in Ehpem’s photo, so I prefer yours this round!


  2. Looking at Ephem’s photograph, I want to walk into the space, sit down at the table, look out at the water, and hope the wait person doesn’t appear too soon. I don’t know that the dark thing is a pair of binoculars. Looking at yours, I see something on the table, figure out that it is binoculars, and understand—when I look out the window—why they’re there. I’d like to spend less time figuring out the binoculars; if they were rotated just a bit, that would help. (Not suggesting that you should have turned them, though. I don’t do that sort of thing myself.) It’s interesting that although your photo is a close-up and in some ways more intimate, I don’t feel the need to sit down or pick up the binoculars. Maybe that’s because you’ve shown me more of what I would see when I look through the binoculars. In yours I enjoy contemplating not just what’s outside, but also what’s inside: all the textures and objectness of things.


    • Linda – I never rearrange a scene to make it “better”, although a lot of photographers do. I made that decision early on, when I was photographing roadside crosses and it seemed disrespectful to change anything at the sites, which were shrines, really. And that discipline has stayed with me.

      I like it that Ehpem’s photo is more intimate; it looks just the way the room looked to me the first time I saw it.


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