The horizon or skyline is that apparent division between earth and sky. It is the line that divides all visible directions into two categories; those that intersect the earth’s surface and those that don’t.
Usually, unless you are standing on a shore, perched on a hill or otherwise elevated, the true horizon is obscured by trees, buildings, mountains, anything else bigger, more massive and permanent than you. Those things, cluttered within your sight, that intersection of earth and sky is called the visible horizon.
The word horizon derives from the Greek horizōn kyklos, “separating circle”, from the verb horizō, “to divide, to separate”, and that from oros, “boundary, landmark”.
The reason I love this shot is because of the off-screen action, the mystery of whatever is happening beyond my frame. The colors are also some of my favorite. At this point in time the symbolism of the shot seems poignant.
These men are staring at the horizon of the Thar desert trying to spot any oncoming camel activity. I wonder what’s on my true horizon for 2012. My visible horizon right now features an oncoming ski trip, a family reunion and a wedding or two, but other than that most of 2012 actually falls into that unmentioned third category, the invisible one, that direction that does not yet intersect with the world’s surface.
Whats on your horizon this year? Will you try to spot those ‘camels’ before they reach camp or do you prefer to be surprised?