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The background doesn’t always get noticed, that’s why it is background. on the other hand the background can be beautiful in itself and still emphasize the beauty or performance of the main event. Background, remaining out of the limelight while being watched, looked at, or vaguely heard is appropriate and is its primary purpose; when the show is over or someone comes to study the complete work, the background should take its place as being just as vitally important to a whole site or event as the star. In the same way we can try to choose to be the star at all times in our lives but that is just not feasible; being on view or performing is deadly drudgery and we can lose sight of our own identity since performance is geared to be pleasing to others and does not take our own selves into consideration. However we cannot always remain in the background or we could lose ourselves in a different way, by not ever expressing ourselves we also fail to define our beliefs in our minds either. Balancing being the focus of all attention with a bit of a fade into the background for reflection is difficult, but necessary to be able to see ourselves from many and varied viewpoints. Having all attention directed toward us is nice, but isn’t allowing ourselves a back seat at times necessary, too?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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