(Before I start this post, I would like to thank everyone that commented on my earlier post. I truly appreciate the encouragement and spirit.)
A Lebanese American artist, Kahlil Gibran’s quote reads “Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.” By chance, this photograph attempts to prove the same but not completely. Fog masks the houses and surroundings and hides the reality to a certain extent.
It is a picture of a small man-made lake behind our house. It is nice but nowhere close to any tourist spot of Kashmir, Tamilnadu, China, Japan or Brazil.
Knowing it is not unusual to build housing subdivisions with lakes in America, NRIGirl picked up the obvious answer. Usha analyzed the picture and used the simplest interpretation of “Whenever I travel back here, I feel happy” to deduce the answer. Kiran, being in love with her hometown, made an understandable assumption that most beautiful place on the earth has to be my hometown. She is right.
Missing the obvious is not uncommon. Lack of information, too much or too little thinking can make you miss the obvious. Initially by not supporting common devices like printers and other non IBM equipment, IBM’s OS/2 could not penetrate personal computer market while Microsoft sold millions of copy of MS Windows. The Japanese did not see the obvious flaw in attacking Pearl Harbor. Here is an interesting article on The Science of Missing the Obvious.
My conclusion, it is either Art or Science; sometimes obvious is not so obvious.
(Author’s Note: - Typically I stick to one theme in a post but this time like a Bollywood movie I tried several unrelated topics like deception, photography, Art, Science and technology. Therefore I am looking forward to more comments.)