Accidental Panoramas

In Compact Cameras, Film, Inspiration, Landscapes

A couple of years ago, I borrowed my brother’s  Olympus Stylus Epic camera for a trip. I never gave it back. It’s a great little camera! Apart from my iPhone, this is the camera I have on me all the time. It has a panorama “feature,” which I’ve switched on, by accident, a few times. When I first saw the results, I was confused and somewhat disappointed. It just crops the photographs! As I looked at them again, however, I started to see something else, something different from what I intended, something much better. The black edges literally reframed the photographs, often heightening the impact and “accidentally” capturing the deeper emotion beneath the surface of the frame.

The fragmented details of the preparations for my father’s funeral…

The beautiful expanse of the Maine landscape, straining against the edges of the photographs, teasing the eyes with the promise of more…

The leading lines guiding the eyes, pushing away from the edges towards the center…

The shadows cast across the side of the buildings, dissecting the frame…

I even like the uneven edges of the frames. Life can be uneven sometimes, but there’s often Beauty to be found in a second (or third…) look.

-Eyes wide open,

Chinwe

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