Obscured But Not Hidden

October 26, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I know that this is not much of a photo. At least, it's not up to my usual standards. But I was caught by this scene, and felt that the setting had something to teach me. I have been known to take photos of paint on brick walls. I like to catch the hint of an era that has gone by, but not vanished. The evidence has been left behind. I saw this wall and wanted to photograph the large sign on the side of this building. But there was no vantage point where I could get an unobstructed view of the sign. But some things are so recognizable that you don't have to see all of it to know what it is. Silhouettes can be so familiar that the thing or person is identified even in dim light. An old television show, "Name That Tune" challenged the contestants to guess correctly the song with just a few first notes. As an adolescent I could at night tell you the make and year of an automobile just by the shape and number of the taillights. When we have a strong sense of familiarity, our senses fill in what is not there. Some thing may be obscured, but it is not hidden. So we don't have to photograph the whole thing, but can recognize just by the swoop and arc of the letters that this is an old Coca Cola sign.

 


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