Trying to Capture the Scale

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Hout Bay, South Africa, Copyright Silverleaf 2014. Boats and houses only hint at the size.

How do you capture the size of something immeasurable?
How do you find the words to do its vastness justice?
How do you convey its scale?

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Two figures–tiny at a distance–walk along Dias Beach, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, Copyright Silverleaf 2014.

Cameras and words cannot transmit to others the magnitude of a mountain, the breadth of a strand, the power of the sea, or the absolute belonging you feel when you finally find yourself standing in the right place.
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Smitswinkel Bay, South Africa, Copyright Silverleaf 2014. Tiny, distant figures roam the beach below the houses.

All you can do is witness it, try to hold it in your head and heart, knowing that eventually you must leave. And only then, once you have gone, do photographs stand in for the experience. Only when you fill in their blanks with your memories can they begin to do the moment justice, to convey the true scale of the place, and the feelings you had while you were standing there.

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Table Mountain dwarfs the buildings of Cape Town, Copyright Silverleaf 2014

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