Cracked egg, broken rules

By Joe Duty | Published Thursday, December 30, 2010

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Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Time drips into the future. Memories harden into place or sizzle and dissipate into a hidden realm of forgetting.

Rays break apart night, revealing fresh spirit from an invented calendar. Shadows grow, making dim what once was clear.

As another year comes to a close, it’s hard to focus on the present. We live in the future-past, waxing nostalgic over what once was or contemplating dreams and worries of what’s to come.

Our roaming photographer captured the above image at the Cowboy Breakfast during the 100th anniversary of the Pendleton Roundup in the dry, morning sun of eastern Oregon.

It breaks the rules. A photo focused on an object or subject in the background with a blurred foreground usually never works. The foreground requires focus, but a background can fade out of focus.

But this time the shot defied the standard. It presented a warm, glowing future, while shadowing a time-hardened past.

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