The Bigger Picture Project – Week 5

Bigger Picture Project – Week 5 – Backpack


For this week’s Bigger Picture series, I chose something that might be recognizable for outdoors. Once you see the final bigger picture, this part of it may seem insignificant.

Here is a bit more of the bigger picture. Every photo tells a story, and every piece of the picture holds importance. What do you think this one is saying?


Kayak & Backpack


This week’s final Bigger Picture – I’m sure the previous clues were easy enough to guess what this was; however, were you expecting it to be docked all alone? It appears much smaller here than in the zoomed photos, right?


Docked Kayak
©2012 Shannon Hart


The discussion I’d like to bring to the table this week is the importance of smaller things, even when they seem unimportant or unattractive for an aesthetically pleasing photo. Taking a look at the first zoomed photo that I’d posted earlier in the week of the backpack, one may not have seen it as artistic or have any interest in a photo of that subject. It may have even looked messy or boring to some. In the second photo, the backpack seems to blend in more with the rest of the items on the kayak, adding more of an aesthetic to the picture as a whole.

In the final photo here, the items on the kayak blend, and now the kayak itself becomes the main subject of this series. Even though the backpack is still there, it may go unnoticed unless closely inspecting it. However, when kayaking, one must always be prepared. The smallest things are of importance for safety and survival, including the contents of the backpack. It’s all about perception, and just because something is small or may seem insignificant, doesn’t make it less important than anything else.

About “The Bigger Picture” series:

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“The Bigger Picture” is a series of 3 shots, the first being a closely cropped zoom shot and the final revealing the entire picture. Each week, I post each shot on separate days so that viewers can guess what the final photo may be.

The intention behind this is that we often see the tiny things without taking into consideration all of the its surroundings. It’s also a way of looking at smaller things that go unnoticed, which also contribute to the bigger things in life. Without the small things, we have no picture. Without looking at the bigger picture, we are robbing ourselves of truth.

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