The latest Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘In the background,’ isn’t as straight forward as I at first thought. I looked out a few pics with something interesting in the background, like this one of Table Mountain in Cape Town,
and one taken from our hotel balcony in Rio, with Sugar Loaf Mountain in the distance,
and one taken across the Hudson River, with the Twin Towers rising above Lower Manhattan.
Then there is this one taken on our long-boat canal tour, showing Bangkok coming into view.
What about this one of a country market in Ecuador, with a giant yellow blow-up ‘Pilsener Light’ beer bottle and the smoke from a volcano in the background?
and this one taken on a boat off the coast of San Pedro in Belize, with hubby and his dive buddy bobbing around in the background.
I also love this smiley one of little Sienna, with a shark in the background.
Then as my teachers at school used to tell me, I thought, “Let me read the question again.”
In the Background: The places that we pass through day after day, or even once in a lifetime, leave in their small way, echoes and traces of themselves upon us. But so often when taking self portraits or pictures of friends, the places themselves become a soft blurred mush of indistinct semi-nothingness, the limelight stolen by our smiling faces. In today’s challenge, let’s turn the tables. Take a picture of yourself or someone else as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background, or — as in the example above — the foreground, the center of attention.
Well this was a different kettle of fish entirely, and all I could come up with, was this one taken by hubby during our kitchen renovations in Florida.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my pics of foregrounds and backgrounds nevertheless, even if I didn’t keep strictly to Michael Pick’s guidelines.