Through the Rectangular Window

looking from M&S cafe onto the Market Square in Cambridge

This is the window through which I photographed the Market Square in yesterday’s post. Seeing the church now in the photo, I realise how very present it is the view.

Our eyes see things differently than a camera sees. To my eyes, when I sat at the able, the church was there in the scene but not so large or so dominating in the expanse of the view.

They say the camera never lies, but of course there is the ‘where’ of where one points the camera. News reporters tend to use wide-angle lenses to give the viewer a sense of immediacy.

There is another factor at play, as well. That is that the wide angle gives the viewer some confidence that the photographer has not purposely excluded something by careful framing that does not fit the narrative of the scene.

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