I Rise

I Rise

I like buildings.

Part of it must be my obsession with The Fountainhead, part of it the unrealised dream of being an architect. It is actually the other way round – I wanted to be an architect way before I read the book. Mostly, I just like buildings. Even the ugly ones; the typical concrete boxes that people love to hate. I don’t even know if they had a genre – other than being called the β€œugly buildings of the 70s.”

People, if at all, hardly ever look at the base of a building – the foundation. Especially if it is a tall building – the eyes automatically sweep up to the pinnacle. The point at the top of the building that gets it the merit of being the tallest, etc. In a few instances, you even put one foot back to support the back that is arching as your eyes traverse the height of a building.

How many tourists ever take photographs of the visible foundation of a building vs. how many keep stepping further and further away to fit the height of the building in the small viewfinder?

The viewfinder is the real culprit, really. Even the widest of a wide-angle lens can’t capture the structure without distorting the perspective.

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13 thoughts on “I Rise

  1. theres a metaphor in just about everything u write. man, i just enjoy being here. thank you.

    yes, the view finder definitely limits or even sometimes, distorts the perspectives. but then, borrowing from ur own thoughts, the tool can only be as effective as the one who wields it, no? πŸ˜‰

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  2. ==Dharma:
    Thank you! That was quick!

    Hmm. I will have to refer to my own posts before I write something now! πŸ˜‰

    I guess in this case – it’s not so much about the tool – it’s about us – ways of seeing, perhaps? πŸ™‚

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  3. This is an awesome entry! πŸ˜€

    I wonder, if we all distort the perspective—-does putting our distortions together and examining them give us a more objective vision of the object in question? Or would just confuse the issue all the more—?

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  4. ==Imugi:
    It would confuse the issue if we use the distortions as a standard for conversation and argument. Distortions would be, in that sense, very personal experiences, won’t they? If the meaning is to be made only for the self, not to be shared, then perhaps, yes.

    Which of course begets the question, why make meaning after all?

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  5. “People, if at all, hardly ever look at the base of a building – the foundation. Especially if it is a tall building – the eyes automatically sweep up to the pinnacle.”

    You raise your head and arch your back to let your eyes meet the pinnacle and gasp with awe. In doing so, you are paying a silent tribute to the foundation that “makes” the building stand tall! A foundation is not necessarily appreciated or understood by looking at it, rather by what it “holds”! That’s the true measure of a foundation.

    I think the same goes with people too. By looking at the stature of a person, you implicitly understand what it takes to reach there.

    This is as long as we are exploring the vertical plane. πŸ™‚

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  6. Thoreau speaks for me…

    “If a man is surrounded by mountainous circumstances, whose peaks overshadow and are reflected in his bosom, they suggest a corresponding depth in him.”

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  7. ==Explorer:
    I’d agree @ silent tribute – at times – that holds true. There seems to be, however, just a superficial view of the height (whether buildings or people), it i snot always easy to discern the reason, why and how the height was achieved.

    And Thoreau speaks well πŸ™‚

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