06 February 2013
Let me know what you think about these simple yet multiple-patterned images. Which do you prefer and why.
One of the areas of our visual landscape that we encounter daily are multiple images. Some are evident and others need a bit more attention to acknowledge their presence.
In the Lens section are examples. The first has an immediate lure of three windows side-by-side. As the image pulls you into its details, various patterned reflections are spied. For me the view was calming and quieting. In the second the walkway’s bricked-patterned columns lead you into a mysterious beyond, the unknown and the mystical. Each of these images can easily be unnoticed or be seen for their individualities and repetitive visuals.
The solitude of these scenes seemed as important as the allure of the architectural features that create aesthetic appeal with usual materials and structures. To isolate them is to perceive them differently. But it also helps us see the patterns.
During these photo field trips I began to think about the master artist, M.C. Escher (1898-1872), who was a Dutch graphic artist, book illustrator, designer, and printmaker. Escher intuitively understood relationships that are in the purview of mathematicians. His work awed viewers.
Escher’s artwork details intricately arranged patterns called tessellations, where spatial connections and the notion of infinity were cleverly created. His prints are a tour de force of images that fool the eye and titillate the viewer’s idea of art. Architecture and nature were his some of his tools to express perspective. His work transforms our own vision of the universe, and forces us to think about recurring themes that exist all around us.
Humans mimic nature in architecture, art, and other endeavors. Science both explains and questions how patterns are embedded in the natural world and human nature such as fingerprints, fractals, ice crystals, spiral seashells… We integrate nature into our own tiny universe. These interconnections become part of our human story.
Visual symmetry teaches about our humanity, and helps us comprehend human and non-human momentum. Patterns are a collaborative part of what inspires our creativity and inventiveness, even if we do copy the ingenuity Mother Nature’s schemes.
Note: I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. This week two other photographers and I began an iPhoneography Challenge. To learn about it, click here.