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If you remember your high school English class, you may remember a term called “metonomy.”  It means letting a part of a thing stand for the whole thing:  hands for farm workers, for example.

In photography, enormous vistas rarely make great photos:  too much useless stuff and nothing to fix the eye upo.  So it’s time to try metnonomy by letting a small sample stand for the whole thing.

This works because it concentrates our vision, gives us something concrete to look at, and mayt engage our imagination in different ways.

The shots below were all taken at the same location, a large horse-shoe shaped arc of rock ledge.  By looking at concentrated chunks of this scene one captures a range of images which suggest the variety of the whole.

I call this collection “icy delights.”  Sometimes thinking small is good.

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