Just for fun last week, I posted a photograph of a fish that had moved too close to my camera and pressed it’s mouth up against the glass dome of my camera housing. It wasn’t the most technically precise image, but it sure got a lot of attention. Marinebio.org an organization focused on marine conservation, shared the image to their facebook page. Within a few hours I had an inbox full of messages (more than 250) from others who had shared the image. In addition, there were over 4000 likes and 100 comments posted. I was completely flabbergasted, and kicking myself for not putting my web address on the original post.
Part of the reason I share this story is to point out that beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder and humor is all in our perspective.
The fish seems to imitate the pose made famous by Georgia May Jagger. I think he nailed it. But there were lots of other comments that were quite humorous. More than one person pointed out the resemblance to Disney’s Mater from CARS. “It’s Fish-Mater!” Many others mentioned his need for braces, a good dentist, or the most popular, “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.” In any case, it has been a very entertaining weekend for me and I learned that some images are worth keeping just for their entertainment value. I might have sent it to the trash bin if not for that little feeling of whimsy that came over me. So that being said; here is the image that I posted on my page as a more serious fish portrait:
But now, I don’t think it is nearly as good as the somewhat blurry gap-toothed-pouty version! Isn’t it funny how one’s perspective can change based on a few “likes?”
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