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Patterns

‘Life is a great tapestry. The individual is only an insignificant thread in an immense and miraculous pattern.’ Albert Einstein

‘Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience.’ Alfred North Whitehead, mathematician and philosopher

Jurassic Coast audio-visual display, Dorset County Musuem, Dorchester

I do love a good quotation, or two, to support an idea I am exploring or to inspire me in my writing.

Fading Peonies

I have been going through loads of photographs, taken recently when out and about – from Wiltshire to Dorset to Bath. Sorting through hundreds of photos on my phone, deleting and saving in equal measure. I’ve tried to find a way of linking what are disparate sets of images to share on my site.

Log Cabin quilt, c1904, American Museum, Claverton Down
Native American Moccasins

I’ve selected images which focus on shape, colour, texture and patterns – subjects that caught my eye in nature, buildings and works of art – including my favourite sculptor Elizabeth Frink. It’s summer and good to celebrate the world that’s opened up to us, that is flourishing, as well as changing – in no partcular order.

E-scooters lined up outside the Guildhall, Bath

When you take pictures, you are making decisions all the time about what to capture, how how to frame the subject, get the lighting right. Judgments on what particularly catches your eye, what you want record and share with other people.

Path, Drews Pond Wood, Devizes
‘The Parable of the Sower’ stained glass window by Andrew Taylor, 1999, All Saints, Great Chalfield (NT)

It’s good to cull your images from time to time – keeping the best ones. Those I want to keep, I want to show. Like editing a story, you play around with the visual aspects of the picture to improve it – cropping, adjusting brightness and colour, as you feel is appropriate.

View from American Museum garden

 

 

View from American Museum garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Frink, self-portrait, 1987, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

 

 

Man and sketch, Elizabeth Frink, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester