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From spaghetti to the quiet alley behind your house, this week show us something narrow.

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When I think of a beautiful landscape, the image that usually comes to mind involves an open expanse: a mountain range, a windy meadow, the beach on a sunny (or stormy) afternoon. Every so often, though, I’m reminded of the magic of narrowness: how it forces the eye to focus on details and textures that would’ve been lost in a wide-open panorama.

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I recently visited the Othello Tunnels in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley — a series of century-old bridges and tunnels built for the Canadian Pacific Railway. I admired the feat of engineering involved in getting a train across a 300-foot-deep canyon, but what I really loved was how the narrowness of the landscape kept visitors in suspense: what will we discover at the end of the next tunnel? What’s lurking around the river’s curve?

Need a refresher on perspective? Here’s our primer on establishing a point of view in your photography.

This week, let’s keep things narrow (but not narrow-minded!): share a photo with your take on the theme. You could focus on a slender object, or shoot an image where your field of vision is restricted. Alleyways and half-open doors, seesaws and water slides, spaghetti and electric cords… the world is full of narrow things. I can’t wait to see which one you’ll pick for your entry.

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