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I love photos like these….Yes, we can see that the photo has been composed very carefully so that the person seems to be holding the setting sun between her thumb and index finger. However, seen from this perspective it can also create an emotion in us – one of surprise maybe, and a feeling that perhaps we can touch, reach for or do something that before seemed impossible!! There’s more to this photo than meets the eye!

Over the past week The English Tree has started two new activities: Elisabeth’s English Tours around Rome and a new Photography course with Clelia Carbonari. The idiom this week came to me when I was thinking about both the Tour and course. Luckily, I was able to join the Tour and Elisabeth told us about the history, the people and families who lived around the Aventine, Circo Massimo and the Palatine hill. Although I have often visited this area and read guide books galore, I learnt a lot of really interesting, new information about these places and laughedout loud to Elisabeth’s amusing stories – it was great fun! It made me reflect that there is without doubt more to Rome than meets the eye!

When we use this idiom, we mean that when we look at something there are often extra stories and facts which we don’t see but when we learn about them they help us to have a better understanding of it.In short, something or someone is more complex than we first thought.

Thinking of good photography, it often involves seeing things from a different perspective too. If we look at something with only the rational, logical left side of our brain, we only see things exactly as they are. When we look at something with the creative, right side of our brain, then we realise that there is more to what we’re looking at than first meets the eye! Maybe it sparks a memory or an emotion (innesca un ricordo o un’emozione) and we appreciate what we are looking at on a deeper, human level.

We can also use it to talk about people.

Here are some more examples:

  • Often when you get to know people you realise there is more to them than meets the eye!
  • When I read “Kafka on the Shore” by Murakami I realised there was more to this story than meets the eye.
  • Perhaps there’s more to the result of the election for Rome mayor than meets the eye.

Can you make some examples?

Enjoy your week!