As a photographer, one tends to look more closely than perhaps the average person, and see beauty in what many would overlook.
Something I’ve realised as I’ve grown older is that parts of my personality make up that seem incongruous and incompatible are actually closely intertwined, and different forms of the same root.
Take, for example, numbers, poetry, dance and photography.
I love all four, but some would have you believe that if you have a strong interest in one of these areas, you won’t (or can’t) in the others, they’re too different.
But what they all have in common for me is that they’re based in patterns.
Simple number patterns like times tables, the rhyming patterns of a poem, the key steps and rhythms of a dance that may look spontaneous on the surface but are rooted in returning to the same patterns over and over, and finding shapes and arrangements that are beautiful to the eye in a photograph.
All of these begin with beautiful patterns that repeat in some form – within a single number sequence or poem or dance or photograph, or across a set or series of them.
What this seeking and appreciation of patterns also helps me with, is finding some kind of order among chaos.
Even if the patterns aren’t so obvious at first – like a sequence of prime numbers or a poem following an unconventional rhyming structure – they still create some loose kind of order, some way to string elements together in a connective sequence.
A way to make some kind of sense of the disorder and disarray today’s world seems filled with.
And this is why I find such comfort in them all, and other related, even simpler forms, like the seven spokes of the wheels of our car, or the repeating sequence of flowers on our living room blinds, or the interlocking teeth of the chunky zip of my computer bag here next to me.
Without being able to find these tiny iterations of order, perhaps I would feel all was lost, and that there was nothing to anchor my logic, and perhaps my sanity, to.
I can’t imagine a life without seeking and studying the patterns all around us, and those we create ourselves, with photography, poetry, dance and a thousand other forms.
How about you? Do you look for patterns, in your photography and other areas of your life?
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