LES 00245 2015

Adjusted Viewpoint

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Standing before the leaning Tower of Pisa on a beautiful Italian afternoon, having seen other’s images of the iconic building, you are just now having an opportunity to take it in for yourself. People are spread out, taking photos on the building’s scenic grassy side. It’s a perfectly good opportunity for a photo that will be memorable, and much like the ones every other visitor takes home that day. It’s an angle people love for good reason.

Today though, curiosity draws you back around to the side of the tower where cars have been parked and real life seems likely to unfold. A short walk down a side street and suddenly you find that you aren’t staring at the same building everyone else sees, but something even more intriguing. The lean is a bit more exaggerated by the buildings hugged in close and the moment in time frozen by the vehicles parked and waiting for their owner’s return. When you walk away you have something on the roll of film that’s not what you expected, it’s better.

When we get so used to seeing something presented the same way over and over, we can begin to lose our ability to take it in any other way. It becomes hard to imagine that something could look or feel any different than what we have come to expect. That’s not always a bad thing, but what if it sometimes limits us from really seeing all that something has to offer?

It can be intimidating, changing what we know, diverting from what other people are doing and taking a different path. It can seem like a monumental task, but as this picture shows, sometimes taking a place or even an idea from its popularly accepted good to remarkably great is as simple as an intentional stroll to view it from a brand new angle.

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Photo by Les Anderson

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