Ways of Seeing

January 01, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

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A geologist, ecologist and photographer walk into a bar... On the wall they see this photo of a magnificent cliff face on Disko Island, Greenland. The geologist looks at it and speaks of its age and stratification and explains the pink blush in terms of mineral content and more. The ecologist's eye is drawn to the large orange patch on the lower left and knows that this is a result of xanthoria or sunburst lichen that likes to grow on calcium-rich sites. The calcium is almost certainly from bird poop, so the bright orange tells her that this is a bird colony, probably kittiwakes, even though there were no birds to be seen. The photographer is drawn to the layers of texture and colour and the small human figures that contrast with the vastness of the wild landscape and concludes it is all about humility. We each have our own way of looking at the world and interpreting what we see.
 


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