t the other end of the spectrum from landscapes are subjects that are known, not for their grand scale, but rather, for their Liliputian dimensions. William Blake wrote down the ever-new thought: "To see a World in a Grain of Sand"— and that is what this kind of photography is all about. Macro photography has always held a fascination for me, as has landscape work. And although the physical dimensions are quite different— from a scale of miles, down to one of millimeters— the feeling and thought process behind the two are quite similar.
I don't know if there are any other "panoramic macroists" out there besides me, but I keep looking for them. This is a rather unusual use for panoramic techniques, as the commonly sought out subjects are huge canyons, mega-city skylines, and even whole mountain ranges. But the whole-picture view of the world can also be very interesting on the tiny scale. Colonies of moss can seemingly become primeval forests— totally devoid of any human presence. Drainage ditches can seem as impassible as the impossibly huge Grand Canyon on the planet Mars.
The Panoramic of Bill Brockmeier
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Moss colony on forest floor (200° view): Bulverde, Texas — © 2002, Bill Brockmeier
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