Archive for July, 2007

Indulge Me

July 31, 2007

Indulge Me, originally uploaded by _Neverletmego_.

Wow. Love the feel of this one – great editing. This photographer is her own muse and I can understand why.

Bracing

July 31, 2007

If you can’t bite, don’t show your teeth., originally uploaded by ponchosqueal°.

The title ‘If you can’t bite, don’t show your teeth’ is apparently a Yiddish proverb.

Dark Horse

July 31, 2007

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The Elements by Wojtek Kwiatkowski.

A fantastic picture of an Arabian horse on the hoof. The background has been ‘mottled’ out to create a more dramatic composition, which I think works really well – gives it a painterly feel.

The other Arabian horse pic I posted by this guy has been the most popular post on my blog by a long shot – and ‘arabian horses’ and ‘wild horses’ have been the two most popular search terms. So, I figured, you can never have too much of a good thing. It’s funny the things you discover when you look at blog stats.

Circular

July 30, 2007

Collaborative Poster 2: Phyllotaxis, originally uploaded by jbum.

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Tag search – ‘fibonacci’.

This is a really lovely use of the Fibonacci Sequence to create a mosaic from circular photographs. Beautiful. Damien Hirst gets paid a fortune for thinking up ideas like that.

Cap:

This mosaic was made from 1099 individual photographs of circles, photographed by 265 talented individuals. The mosaic was constructed by Jim Bumgardner using images from the Squared Circle photo pool at Flickr.

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July 30, 2007

nr **, originally uploaded by daaynos.

Tag search ‘fibonacci’.

Fibonacci

July 30, 2007

Nature can be So Perfect!, originally uploaded by hhsc_2000/Greg.

Today’s tag search was ‘fibonacci’. Fibonacci was an Italian Mathmetician, seen by many as the most talented mathemetician of the middle ages. His name was given to a sequence of numbers that he recorded in the Liber Abaci, a 13th Century ‘Book of Calculation’ responsible for spreading the Hindu-Arabic numeral system in Europe.

The Fibonacci sequence is based on what is known as a recurrance calculation. After two starting values (0 and 1), each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers:

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, 1597, 2584, 4181, 6765, 10946, 17711, 28657, 46368, 75025, 121393, 196418, 317811…

To me, what is amazing about this sequence is that it is nature’s way of creating complexity from a very simple algorithm. It is evident in the branching of trees, the wonderful pattern in the flower head above, the spiral of shells and pine cones, the curves of waves and a myriad of other forms.

I studied a computer programming language called Postscript for a while at college. I was lousy at it, but it reminded me at the time of the Fibonacci sequence – you have a ‘stack‘ on which you can place a number, enabling you to add it to a new number. Then you can add those two numbers together to create the next new number, an so on. All that you require for this is operation is a stack of two places. One of the reasons why Postscript is used is because it is very efficient for certain operations. It struck me that nature must be using a similar routine – it’s own form of Postscript.

The Fibonacci sequence is also closely related to Phi or the Golden Ratio – it is basically nature’s working approximation.

Passengers

July 29, 2007

Passengers, originally uploaded by naughton321.

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June, 2006. Tired London commuters heading home at the end of a long, hot day.

Title inspired by the Iggy Pop song. Here’s a nice bit of editing from Paramount using old movie footage set to ‘The Passenger’.

Winter in Washington

July 28, 2007

snow

Circumference of a Circle by Julius Gwyer.

Norwegian Wood

July 28, 2007

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Norway by by Maciek Duczynski.

Another poor excuse to provide a link to a YouTube vid with some nice Beatles footage – set to the song Norwegian Wood.

Wedding

July 28, 2007

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Wedding Today at the Art Museum by Tim Holte.

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