Seeing Angles Leading Me Home

March 1, 2019

Seeing Angles Leading Me Home


A deepening interest in photography and following certain blogs (like this one) has me seeing things differently these days. I’m looking at the world with a more mindful lens.

I had an overnight stay at a Heathrow Airport hotel before a long flight from London back home to Houston. Stepping into the hallway to head to dinner, I realized I needed to go back in my room and grab my camera to get a picture of the seemingly endless walk to the elevators.

A long hallway at a Heathrow Airport hotel
The walk to the elevators; check out the airplane icons pointed skyward by the room numbers

That hallway reminded me of the opening sequence of old Get Smart TV show. As a kid, I was fascinated with that long hallway.

For the next photo, I had to settle for my iPhone, hurriedly retrieved from the bottom of my carryon bag. This angular shot is looking down the escalator (I call it the ‘down’scalator) headed toward the Heathrow Terminal 2 gate where my plane was waiting.

All angles, a long way down an escalator at Heathrow Terminal 4
Down to the gateway that will bring me home

I felt the same in both settings, like the angles in front of me were pulling me toward something.


The ride down the escalator was long enough to create a haiku.

travel angles
heathrow 'down'scalator
gliding toward home

7 thoughts on “Seeing Angles Leading Me Home”

    • Yes, I remember your advice: “Don’t take the picture, let the picture take you!” It’s funny, that really works, even in the editing stage. The Edinburgh pic with the bus, for example…I spent 30 minutes trying to crop it to what I *thought* the picture was about and remove part of a building, but I was never happy enough to call it done. I finally realized that the subject of the picture was the thing that had caught my eye in the first place, the bright yellow building, and the action of the bus moving into the picture just made it more interesting. Anyway, just validating your comments about the “scene teaching about the picture”…it is literally true. What I’m picking up is how to “listen” to the scene. Slowly. Thanks for all the tips, and keep ’em coming!

      • You know, a wise musician who has been around for 50 years or so, once said, “after playing a song about 500 times on stage, it teaches you how to play it.” I’m willing to bet a taco that if you look at the same picture a year from now, you’d rework it into something different.

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