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Queenly perspectives

Queen Mary 2 seen from a ferry in Sydney. (Parallel lines seeming to meet.)

The ‘queens’ in these perspective shots are the Cunard liners Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth. I’m going with the geometric definition of Perspective: the way that objects appear smaller when they are farther away and the way parallel lines appear to meet each other at a point in the distance.

Queen Mary 2 in much nicer weather than above! (Parallel lines seeming to meet.)

Below, not only do the farther deck chairs look smaller than those nearest the camera, but various parallel elements (the deck caulking at left; the top and bottom rails at right) appear meet each other at a point in the distance.

More amazing meeting parallel lines, this time in corridors.

July is Squares Month, and the theme is Perspective.

Not what it seems

But what is it? For Perspective, here are two photos I took of a — thing. The tight crop, narrow perspective and selective focus make these objects interesting, but can you identify them? Hint: if you live and work in a city, you likely stand on one of these every day, albeit not in its dismantled state, as seen here.

Perspective 1

Perspective 1

Perspective 2

Perspective 2

Have you figured out what it is? Click here to see if you’re right.