Lake Totems

According to the dictionary a totem is a natural object or animal believed by a particular society to have spiritual significance and adopted by it as an emblem.  In my travels I came across something called a Lake Totem.  The idea is to photograph a lake when the water is completely still, like glass.  Then you rotate your photo so that the horizon is vertical.  Voila, you have a lake totem.  Here are mine taken at Lake Kashagawigamog, Ontario.  For good measure the first one is the original before rotation.



  1. Isaac said,

    May 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    What a brilliant idea!

    • Prosing On said,

      June 7, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Thanks Isaac. Will you be making your own Lake Totems? I’d love to see them if you do.

      • Isaac said,

        June 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm

        I might be inspired to the next time I take a great landscape picture, for sure!

  2. May 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    It’s curious, isn’t it, that a simple rotation of 90° can change our perception of reality so much. The rotated version, having taken away our faculty of recognition, becomes much more abstract.

    Steve Schwartzman

    • Prosing On said,

      June 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Thanks Steve. If you look closely you can imagine a face, an arrow, whatever captures your imagination. It is really fun. Thanks for the comment.

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