This week’s photo challenge is Geometry. As Quintin Lake states, this challenge is about the shapes and rhythms that make up the geometry of our world. Many photographs of any genre have an underlying sense of geometry, but he often likes to make this the main subject of his work. He thinks it’s the most important aspect of a photograph’s success.
So, I’ve looked through my extensive archive and found photographs that focus on geometry. Now, we often think of geometry as man-made. We see it in the shapes of buildings or architecture. Among the bricks and mortar, wood and glass.
We notice it in machinery, like an abandoned car, overgrown with weeds. The circular lights, angles in the metal of the radiator, the straight line in the window.
We find it in ancient times, such as the discovery of a Petroglyph inscribed upon a rock in the middle of a Minnesota prairie:
In modern times, we find the jet with its square engine intake, the arc in the nearly invisible shield protecting the pilot, even in the shape of a star painted on its side:
We seldom think of geometry in nature. But, it’s there all around us. From the curves in the storm clouds above us:
To the triangular imprints in the sand of the birds who came before us:
It can even be found in volcanic rock that emerged from below the surface of the earth to form a slightly dome shaped formation, with towering columns:
In living things, like a tulip with the sun’s rays highlighting the soft lines and curves of its petals or the shadowy points at its center:
In breathing things, as a bullfrog with the angles of his toes splayed against a fallen log, oval eyes watching, while its circular ear listens:
From the smallest of things, such as a ladybug with the dark circles upon her shell:
To the largest of things visible to the naked eye, such as the sun, with its straight line rays and hexagon shaped bursts of light:
Our world and the space surrounding us is filled with the shapes and rhythms of geometry. It’s all around us, just waiting to be noticed. As a photographer, I see those shapes, whether subtle or obvious, and capture them to create images to inspire others to view the world around them from a different, more serene perspective. Every time you look at an image, I hope you take a deep breath and imagine yourself standing in the same spot. Taking in your surroundings, noticing the details. Then letting your breath out slowly to feel yourself relax.
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