Size is matter of perspective. Small objects may seem large if observed through a different pair of eyes. How long would it take you to stroll across a field? Forget the fact that you possibility “ran” a 25 minute mile in gym class, or the fact that the teacher would have needed a sundial to truly time your efforts. Forget all that.
Now imagine a hypothetical flea.
This hypothetical flea is perched on a blade of grass. How long do you think it would take your imaginary hypothetical flea to journey across the entire field? Think real hard, then imagine the hardships this hypothetical flea would have to endure.
There’s a fantastic chance this hypothetical flea would die before it reached the opposite end of the field. Size is simply a privilege. There’s a infinitesimal reality that exists in front of our eyes, but our size won’t allow us to appreciate its itsy-bitsy nature.
The concept of big and small is an illusion. Remember the hypothetical flea? A blade of grass may as well be a mansion. But to us? Well…a blade of grass is too tiny to live on…
…that a blade of grass can be both BIG and small depending on who (or what) is looking at it.
Is it really so strange that a blade of grass can be both big and small?
The illusion of big and small is cast upon individuals who reside between both realms. Humans are really neither big or small, especially compared to other members in the animal kingdom. You can step on a hypothetical flea, but a hypothetical elephant can also step on you, and a hypothetical titanosaur can step on a hypothetical elephant. Ha! And you thought you we’re so big! Pathetic.
I’m sorry to say this, but the article didn’t even start yet. Everything above this sentence was merely food for thought. You’re welcome.
Macro photography offers a way to bridge the gap between the big and small—kind of like spying through a keyhole which leads to a grander dimension…a dimension which you can’t fit in.
The photograph of the purple flower pistil seems big, right? But size is just a matter of perspective, remember? Macro photography makes objects seem bigger than they truly are…but what does that really mean? In other words: is there such a thing as a true life-size perspective? Perhaps.
If we consider all life-size perspectives, then a hypothetical flea may be used to seeing pretty flower pistils, which would naturally seem rather big.
The flower pistil was only about the size of a typical pinky nail. Most likely smaller. The macro images make the flower pistils seem twice as big. You probably wouldn’t notice these flower pistils while frolicking through a prairie, and you sure as shit wouldn’t notice the intricate details.
The flower pistil might be insignificant compared to objects that eclipse its existence. But when the illusion of size is dispelled, then we can imagine what it’s like to see through the eyes of a hypothetical flea.