Monday, November 8, 2010

Bold Pattern

Bold Pattern - Image c 2010 Lynda Lehmann

I love pattern and texture.  All around us, a feast of visual material awaits our gaze, intake and processing.  When I keep my eyes and mind open my world is rich with interesting topographies in the most unexpected places, like this grating on the sidewalk in a small Maine town.  I don't know why it's there--whether it was designed for adornment or for a non-slip surface by the roadway--but it captured my eye.  It reminds me very much of African design. It's strong and compelling to look at, and the surface variations make the geometry even more interesting, a street-side iconography both pleasurable and surprising.

Have you noticed any graphic patterns around your neighborhood lately, in building materials or natural objects, that made you stop and stare or run for your camera?

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  1. Another fantastic image Lynda. I always think of you, texture, patterns, and light play whenever I am out with my camera.

    I have learned twice as much just from reading and really studying your work than I could ever learn in an online class.

    I have some shots waiting for editing right now that I took out doors yesterday. I was thinking of you all the time while clicking away.

    I hope to get the editing done today and have them up tomorrow.

    I hope your day is fantastic!!

  2. Aw, Jackie, you are too kind! But I DO appreciate your words, even so. We are always on a learning curve in our skills and vision.

    I'm glad to hear you have been out shooting, and can't wait to see your newest images!

  3. If only we take the time to look at the simple things, there is much beauty even in the mundane, as you just showed.

    A few months ago I was in Marrakech and visited the Majorelle Gardens, coincidentally, the pic on my photoblog (I am but someone who loves pics, NOT a pro), I clicked a bunch of pics of the cactii that were there - so beautiful really.

    here's the link to see the pic -

  4. Great capture. I love looking for often overlooked opportunities like this.

  5. Lynda I see them all the time, but I think you have a better eye to take the photos of them than me. Your patterns are addictive. Anna :)

  6. SSQuo - I came over to see your photo and left a comment, as you probably know by now. The shot is a wonderful example of pattern and texture!

  7. LANA - Me too! Makes my day more interesting, for sure!

  8. ANNA - You have a great eye! And you are far better at photographing wildlife, birds in particular, than I! Even through your window, the shots come out great!

  9. To be an artist, one must . . . never shirk from the truth as he understands it, never withdraw from life

  10. pritislandscapes - That's a good quote! I think it's true that to be an artist, one must be immersed in life, embracing both the beauty and the pain.


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