Friday, October 7, 2011

Red Eared Slider

Red eared sliders are a common scene in households across America. They are native to the South East USA, but are found outside their home range as an invasive species. This photo was taken in Utah on the campus of BYU.

When I look at this turtle I am particularly struck by the eyes. They are squinted and surrounded by lines. This creates and aged effect, also putting forth an illusion of a pensive or wise state.

Another aspect of this photo that is particularly striking is how the head is framed by light, which fades towards the edge of the photo. This creates a halo effect again playing to the idea of wisdom and enlightenment. Go ahead ask him a question. See if he responds with a pearl of wisdom, then if he does get checked out because this is just a photo of a turtle.

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