The Perception Of Proportion

How big is it? How long does it last? These are the most basic questions a scientist can ask about a thing. They are so basic to the way people conceptualize the world that it is not easy to see that they imply a certain bias. They suggest that size and duration, qualities that depend on scale, are qualities with meaning, qualities that can help describe an object or classify it. … Scale is important.”
~ James Gleick, Chaos: Making a New Science

I had spent years trying to click people free photos or cropping them out completely, until I realised the importance of scale. Of the need for a point of reference to aid perception. Especially in the case of monumental architecture or spectacular landscapes.

I do still forget sometimes. Here are a few instances where I didn’t (or just got plain lucky.):

Dhamek Stupa Sarnath

A devout Buddhist nun meditating beside the Dhamek Stupa, Sarnath.

The 200 metre high Tianlong (Sky Dragon) Bridge. The two red clad people at the base add a sense of scale.

The two red clad figures at the base of the Tianlong (Sky Dragon) Bridge help percieve its dramatic proportions.

Ngorongoror National Park, Tanzania

These tiny Masai figures on the floor of the Ngorongoro crater demonstrate the vastness of that space.

Giant Columns of Karnak Temple

A young girl dwarfed by the humongous columns of the hipostyle hall of Karnak Temple.

Stepped pyramid of Djoser in Giza, Egypt

The stepped Pyramid of Djoser – believed to be the earliest large-scale cut stone construction.

Treasury - Petra, Jordan

First sight of the Treasury at Petra. This is the accidental/lucky one: I waited a long time for that people free shot and finally ran out of patience!

Happy travels….no matter where life takes you.

PS: The thumbnail features Oscar Niemeyer’s  Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói  (MAC) Brazil.