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It's Not What You Think



When I ask people to guess what I photographed here, everyone assumes it’s something soft: a plush blanket, towel or other fabric. They couldn’t be more wrong.


In fact, there was nothing soft about anything in this image. What you’re seeing are the hard white blinds in our bathroom window, reflected in a curved metal tray sitting on the countertop.


I noticed the distorted reflection one morning when I happened to be standing in just the right place and was looking down at just the right spot on the tray. Mesmerized by the sight, I fetched my tripod and camera mounted with a macro lens. I was fascinated to see how the slightest shift in position – even half an inch – created a dramatically different view.


For me, several life lessons could be learned from this impromptu photo shoot. And the primary takeaway was this: things are not always what they seem.


In this case, what appears soft is not soft at all. Our eyes and our mind can deceive us. That’s good to remember when we make quick assumptions about a person we meet or an issue we don’t fully understand. Things are not always what they seem.




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Miembro desconocido
14 jun 2023

I was fortunate to have seen the actual site. I could have been in that room a week and not figured it out! I agree that things are not always as the appear, and we all see things differently at times

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Paul Cotter
Paul Cotter
15 jun 2023
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Thanks very much, Steve. I’m glad you had the opportunity to see what I had actually photographed in that room — and I’m happy that you enjoyed the final artistic result.

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Andrew Ilachinski
Andrew Ilachinski
14 jun 2023

Photography at its best!... An old adage goes something like, "Mathematicians are the universe's way of transforming caffeine into theorems." One might also say, "Photographers are the universe's way of transforming light and things into something else!" Beautifully seen.

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Paul Cotter
Paul Cotter
14 jun 2023
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Thank you for the kind words, Andy. Much appreciated. I'm glad my camera and I can be of some small service in helping the universe do its work! :)

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slig249
13 jun 2023

Oh, so very true! I was hoping you weren’t going to ask us to guess what it was, because I would’ve had the unfair advantage of already knowing! Still find it hard to believe though! Great picture with a good life lesson

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Paul Cotter
Paul Cotter
13 jun 2023
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Thank you, Bev. You're one of the few who knew what this was, because you saw the framed print in our house and I explained the story behind it. I'm grateful that you appreciate both the photo and the story.

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dawnastromsoe
13 jun 2023

Paul, it’s wonderful that this image caught your eye…and even more special that you took the time to photograph and share here. Thank you!

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Paul Cotter
Paul Cotter
13 jun 2023
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Thank you, Dawna. I enjoy photographing everyday things from a different perspective. I'm glad you found it interesting, too.

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therkgroup
13 jun 2023

I’ve been intrigued by not what we see but rather what we rarely look to see. Nicely done Paul seeing beyond the obvious. Love it.

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Paul Cotter
Paul Cotter
13 jun 2023
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Thank you, Ron. It always intrigues me how something can be right under our noses and we never see it ... until one day we shift our perspective.

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