If every picture tells a story,
what story does this picture tell?
Think fast. What flashes through your mind at first glance?
The guy’s got his eye on that girl?
Those brick steps are really cool?
Oh, her boots are to die for?
Did you do a double-take? Got a nagging feeling something’s a bit off kilter? If so, you get a cookie for being perceptive!
So, what’s up that photo? There are clues.
Some of you have already figured it out. Others, like me, who suck at puzzles, are still trying to piece it together.
Focus on the bricks.
Now, check out that wall.
Look at her body language. Does she look comfortable?
What color is the sky?
(Okay, that was a BIG hint.)
Here’s another hint: GRAVITY
Hmm, what’s up with her hair? Bad hair day?
Or, bad hair moment?
There’s no defying GRAVITY, although more hair spray would have helped.
Do you love a good novel with twists you didn’t see coming?
Kinda like that picture, in a way. It’s got a twist to it. A sideways twist.
Time for the BIG REVEAL (in case you’re still stuck.)
If you have a laptop, turn your screen. If not, tilt your head sideways.
The guy and the girl are on the sidewalk. What looks like brick steps are actually parts of a building that jut out. You can’t see the sky because that’s the street at the top of the photo.
Here’s what the scene actually looks like. This couple’s having engagement pictures taken near Union Station in Los Angeles.
The trick photo was the guy’s idea, and the photographer went along with it, just for fun.
For Pete’s sake, stop checkin’ out her boots. I love ’em, too, but I’m trying to make a point here!
This is what the setting looks like in proper perspective.
Same setting from another angle.
It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.
A penny will hide the biggest star in the Universe if you hold it close enough to your eye. ~Samuel Grafton
The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. ~Henry Miller
Do you strive to notice extraordinary aspects in ordinary things? Turn things sideways, upside-down,
or stand on your head to find a new perspective or add dimension? If not, try it sometime!