This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge over at the Daily Prompt is ‘Perspective’. Interesting. From my perspective, I’m determined to get a couple of posts out this week even if it has been like walking through mud.
This is because, blogging wise, this week so far is proving to be a major challenge which is one of the reasons I’ve been inordinately slow in catching up with you all. Sometimes I can’t get on other blogs as well as my own without a message saying that the page can’t load. When I do get on I can ‘like’ but I can’t comment, or, more to the point, I type out my comment and when I post it I get the same ‘page can’t load’ message so I can’t even paste my copied comment. All for nothing and explains why some of you haven’t ‘seen’ me lately.
I can’t even get on the WordPress forums for support and help for the same reason. I’ve switched from Firefox to Chrome after my laptop was wiped and restored a few weeks ago but now I’m back to Firefox again and still having the same problems! So, if anyone has any advice, please, I would greatly appreciate it as this is getting beyond a joke.
With that mini-rant out of the way, from what I can understand about the word ‘Perspective’ as used for the purposes of this challenge, it refers to the way photographers take a photo of something which, as a close-up, separate entity and out of its usual ‘perspective’, can look like something completely different. For example, what looks like a photo of a barren landscape, when panned out, turns out to be nothing more than a piece of gravel.
My camera does what I want it to do for the most part but I haven’t figured out yet how to get those really great close-ups. I’ve only had it for three years after all! I think it’s something to do with a thing called ‘Macros’ but I may just be showing my photography ignorance here. Still, I’m always up for a challenge and willing to learn. Until then though I will be improvising.
These blogging issues have wasted too much of my time so my take on this challenge may not be quite what was intended but it’s what came to my mind, particularly as I have my daughter, Aspie D, very much on my mind.
I’ve cheated because I am re-posting a poem I wrote for her on her 21st birthday last August. I hope you don’t mind! To be honest, I tried to write another poem but nothing came to me. This poem expresses all I can say right now and I thought it captured the mood of this mum’s perspective when taking this particular photo some nineteen years ago. A touch of cropping and here it is. I hope you enjoy my take on ‘Perspective – a Little Girl’s Joy’.
My two-year old daughter looking down and away from the sun as its rays play with her eyes. Is this what is making her smile so mischievously I wonder?
No! This little girl has managed to lift the lid off her sandbox all by herself and is full of glee as she plonks herself down in the sand while deciding which toy to play with first. Aspie D loved her green, turtle sandbox.
Girl with the Summertime Smile
You came to me, wrapped up in love, on a too-hot summer’s day
as you took in every life-drop falling from the sky
Then seeking quiet refuge in the still of your shut-tight eyes.
Oh Summer girl of mine, with your sunflower-smile
and your cotton-dress skip;
Making beds for caterpillars and tiny pools for frogs,
Singing to the moon on a twinkle-star night;
Legs dangling from your swing as we laughed and held on tight!
Oh did that light from heaven get lost in the dark heart?
A memory of a safe, strong day
Brings a strong-comfort hope, not just for then but now.
Fight I will, this will not, ever, tear us apart.
Sweet woman-girl you are
As I offer you my hand should you take it, oh there you are!
It is always as it should be
In the near…in the chaos…in the far.
You are my daughter, you see, so here we are, you and me.
Swing free under that night-sky, sing your song of let-me-be
and I will ease your sorrow, light a way along your path.
So you keep your hope alive for I will journey with you for awhile
as you are here today, your day, and I remember
My little girl with the summer-time smile.
(c) Copyright Sherri Matthews 2013