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?

Ehpem:
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Me:
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!

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  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.

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    • 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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