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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Two: Travel Incongruities > Alone, Trinidad Beach, Patrick’s Point State Park, Trinidad, California, 2009
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17-JUN-2009

Alone, Trinidad Beach, Patrick’s Point State Park, Trinidad, California, 2009

I made this image from a cliff overlooking the ebb and flow of the waves on Trinidad Beach. I zoomed all the way in on a single beachgoer, using my 400mm telephoto lens. Yet she was so far from me that she still appears as a tiny figure next to the great expanse of water and sand around her. This is an example of scale incongruity – comparing something small to something much larger.

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Phil Douglis04-Jul-2009 21:37
Thanks, Rose and Tim -- It is metaphorical and also all about scale. Man is so insignificant in terms of scale, yet we are responsible for altering these very tides.
Tim May04-Jul-2009 19:45
For me - a metaphor for man vs nature.
sunlightpix04-Jul-2009 05:49
WOW, love the scale. Your vertical composition is marvelous. Makes me want to go for a meditative ramble along the beach right now.
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