Heraclitus said that "Everything changes and ... you cannot step twice into the same stream."
If, however, you take several photographs of the same stream – or dog – they may not look all that different.
But what if you use different lenses?
Here is Bucky standing at the top of the stairs, as seen through three different lenses** (click any image for full-screen):
|Fuji X100S***, 5/28/14.|
|Nikkor 105 mm f/2 "defocus control" lens****, 8/9/14|
|Lensbaby LM-10*****, 8/12/14.|
And there you have it: Three different views of Bucky at the top of the stairs.
I admit that these may not reflect three different ways of being, a la Heraclitus, but instead may depict three different ways of seeing, a la John Berger. But, for most of us, ways of seeing are ways of being. And, as for me, I am grateful to Bucky, who has taught me new ways of being, and of seeing.
* With footnotes.
** And cameras.
*** Built-in 23 mm f/2 lens (35 mm equivalent focal length = 35 mm).
**** On a full-frame Nikon digital SLR.
***** On an iPhone.