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Perspective Without Pain by Phil Metzger

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Detail and Edges

Suppose you're taking a photograph of your grandmother making her debut as a wrestler. It's her big night and you want to get it right, so you aim your camera at her as she's being introduced in the middle of the ring, carefully focus on her, and release the shutter. When the picture is developed, what you see is Granny, crisp and clear, along with the referee. It's easy to make out the details of the area you focused on–Granny's missing front tooth, her gnarled muscles, her baggy shorts, the pink ribbon in her hair–but the rest of the picture is less distinct. You can make out the crowd in the distance, impatiently waiting for some blood, but the forms are more and more fuzzy the farther they are behind Granny. You can barely ...

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