Familiarity and Contempt - The Same Old Story?

"Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness."

This is so much more poetic than the usual saying and is attributed to a 19th century English novelist, Maria Louise Ramé, who wrote under the pseudonym Ouida.  By the way, the "familiarity breeds contempt" quotation is widely credited to the traditional translation of Aesop’s fable “The Fox and the Lion” c. 620-564 B.C.  (so old - who knew?) 

It speaks to the notion that the way we see, is shaped by the frequency of the view and implies a downgrade over time; a kind of visual fatigue.  I can hear that old song by the Righteous Brothers playing in the background - "You've lost that lovin' feeling', Now its gone, gone, gone...........".  

The opportunities for a great shot are exciting and abundant the first time around.  However, it is so disappointing to re-visit a much-loved destination and find that the photos from one year to the next start to look the same - a bit like that love affair!

It is therefore  a worthy challenge to find different ways of seeing the same thing;  to bring fresh eyes to the scene, and a return of the excitement of something new.   

I am  fortunate to have travelled to Vienna on many occasions.  It is a very beautiful monumental city, rich in art & culture.  The spare sophistication of the Secessionists & the Wiener Werkstatte is spectacular in black and white and often depicted that way.  So for my new view, seeking a departure from the usual, I took a walk in the early evening.  Watching the city, redolent in glorious colour,  unwind from the day,  I experienced a return of that "lovin' feeling"!