For someone like me who grew up in Chicago, seeing the image above of a man planting his rice paddy in Bali is wildly exotic and beautiful. I think Flickr user StrudelMonkey had the same thought in mind when taking this photo. At the same time though, I wonder what someone who grew up in Bali might say. Perhaps this is the equivalent of taking a photo of a janitor mopping the floor of a hallway? It’s all a matter of perspective, isn’t it? And certainly beauty is something that’s highly contingent on perspective.