Four on the Floor

A couple of weeks ago this conversation, or something like it (give or take a little artistic licence), took place in our house.

I’ll set the scene for you. As the action starts, I’m hot-footing it upstairs.

My wife: What’s all the hurry?
Me: I’ve just seen a potential picture
My wife: But why the hurry?
Me (breathless, running back downstairs with camera): Because it might disappear.
My wife: Where is this picture?
Me: Look. There. On the floor.
My wife: What is there to see?
Me: There’s a four on the floor.
My wife, with a trace of bewilderment: There’s a what?
Me, with emphasis: Look. There’s a Four on the Floor.
My wife stares at floor briefly, and fixes me with a quizzical look: Don’t be silly. It’s just a patch of sunlight; it’ll be gone in a minute.

IMG_6088Well, we agreed on something: The image was likely to be transitory. And it was. A cloud took it away, but not before I got the picture.

The moral of this story? We all see things differently. And when you are a photographer your vision, to a non-photographer and especially to your nearest and dearest, may occasionally appear completely unfathomable.

Meanwhile, over on my other blog – iSighting – there’s a newly published post – Pure Black and White – the first of what will be a series of posts about Black and White conversions. Do take a look at that.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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24 Responses to Four on the Floor

  1. ShimonZ says:

    I like the picture… and it’s sort of a visual pun as well… as for explaining ourselves to our nearest and dearest… you said it.

  2. Helen Cherry says:

    I’m with you on this one Andy.. as photographers we often “see” a little differently to non-photographers I think..

  3. oneowner says:

    Immortalized 4 ever!

  4. vastlycurious.com says:

    Yes I would have run like crazy too : )

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Kathryn. Nice to know I’m not the only person attracted to opportunities like this. And inside my own house too!

      • vastlycurious.com says:

        I have had such occasions in my own home! I wanted to comment on your spectacular post from Switzerland in 2012 , the comments are closed but I really enjoyed it. I would love to do such a thing. How long did you have to train?

        • LensScaper says:

          I used to have comments open permanently on all posts, but found that seemed to attract a lot of spam comments and by restricting comments to thirty days I have cut out 90% of spam. I’m sorry that doing that has affected genuine commenters like yourself. Climbing the Dom was a spectacular adventure. Arduous to say the least. (Did you read the two posts that were the mentioned as background to that climb?) I climbed that a few years ago, and I was fitter than most for my age having trained for Marathons in the previous ten years. But as well as being fit you have to be acclimatized to the altitude which means preliminary walking or climbing to about 13,000ft in the week or two before the major climb.

          • vastlycurious.com says:

            Yes the acclimatization was my concern, I am pretty fit but 5,000 ft is the highest I have ever climbed!

            Funny I don’t get much spam but I also never check!!!!

            Maybe I should ?

          • vastlycurious.com says:

            Also impressive that you have done this !!!

  5. This post made me laugh. Yup its a four on the floor alright. Good eye.

  6. Chillbrook says:

    Definitely a four. Have a great weekend Andy! 🙂

  7. Lol! I’ve had many similar conversations 🙂

  8. Meanderer says:

    Brilliant! I would have run aswell. It looks very much like the Channel 4 ident. You could try and sell it to them 🙂

    I also now have a Starsailor song: ‘Four to the Floor’ playing over and over in my head – which is okay because it’s one of my favourites of theirs. It’s on youtube but I haven’t provided a link to it as you might not be able to get it out of your head either!

    • LensScaper says:

      It’s nice to discover I’m not the only person who sees strange ‘objects’ for capture, Meanderer. I’m not familiar with Starsailor’s music (although very possibly might have heard it but not known the artist’s name), but once a tune is embedded it can be difficult to un-bed it.

  9. John Linn says:

    Brought a smile to my face… both the conversation and the picture.

  10. Lisa Gordon says:

    It is definitely all about the seeing AND what it means to you/feelings it evokes in you.
    I really love this image. It is one you could look at many times, and always see something different.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Lisa. The reward of images like this is often simply that they were found and could so easily have been missed. And since this was on the floor of my dining room, and nothing has been moved in that room, I may have missed this countless times over the space of thirty years. Finally I saw it!

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