I’m afraid I’m one of those who’re not always satisfied with shooting the immediate subject, but rather looking for ways to capture what’s beyond as well. This was especially true in the ‘old’ days when each print or slide cost ‘x’ and our budget for photography was ‘y’ (otherwise it came out of the food or petrol budget!).
Sometimes this resulted in a serendipitous photograph that has subsequently become a favourite, or definitive shot of the ‘beyond’ component – like the Blue Mosque from the parking lot, a photograph I took to show off how we’d arranged the best address in town – it was, after all, a salubrious and most scenic location, where, for a few additional Lire (as they were then) a night Kerem, the Municipal Parking attendant, kept watch over our van 24 hours a day, throwing in a daily Turkish lesson to boot! (That’s the van, over on the left.)
On the other hand, there are times when the composition of the photograph demands the ‘beyond’ in order to tell the story – like the weathered and eroded stone in the header shot – without the pyramid in the background, the story’s incomplete.
Thanks to this week’s WP Photo Challenge, here’s a gallery of “Beyond” shots.