Thursday, April 14, 2011

happy memories


Many thanks to Muse Mosey for asking me to guest post today. The concept of repeating patterns is little out of my comfort zone, and I enjoyed the challenge.

Growing up in New York City, I lived against a background of repeating patterns. The city itself is built on a grid plan, and everywhere I looked I saw repeating patterns in rows of windows, murals, subway tiles, construction sites, bridges, advertisements, and storefronts, the patterns always interrupted by the never-ending stream of people walking by them.

I live in the country now, where the roads meander and the backdrop is wild. Our “grid plan” is the pattern of the year and the changing of the seasons. There are patterns in nature, too, but one has to look harder for them. And people are few – one's more likely to find one's pattern interrupted by a cow or an insect.

This week I did look for patterns in nature and found many, and I looked for patterns in farms and lumber yards, and I found them. However, it was while photographing layers of stacked boards and pipe in a lumber yard that I looked up and saw my daughter walking past the roofing tiles, and seeing her against the patterns behind her gave me a sense of deja vu of growing up amongst the patterns of the city. Yet, the red of barn and the dirt beneath her feet in my photo marks it very much as “country” to me.

This photo of t.morris's, also brings back to me those memories of a life set against repeating patterns and who could resist the happy message on the wall?

Deirdre of superdewa photography and superdewa on flickr


strolling past happiness
strolling past happiness by tmosnaps

17 comments:

urban muser said...

i love the rural/urban contrast of these photos. thanks for musing with us today!

jordan said...

very cool, superdewa!

Ashley Sisk said...

I love this pairing! Great reflection. Thanks so much for musing with us!

manifeisty said...

Love these and I really like them paired together. Thanks Tammy for sharing your musing on country vs city patterns.

Holly { Soupatraveler } said...

beautiful post Deirdre! the pairing is perfect and the message is sweet!

me again said...

Wonderful photos!

SuperDewa said...

Thank you! This was so much fun, I loved going through the repeating pattern photos in the flickr pool with a purpose -- it helped me to see them with new light, and there were so many great examples there.

Kirstin said...

Oh goodness, this is a totally rocking pair! And wonderful words too.

Sharon said...

Very insightful, Deirdre! And I love your shot!

Anika said...

Yes, these two shots look so good together! Lovely post.

mosey said...

Deirdre, I *love* this post. Your recollections of the patterns of the city versus where you live now are evocative. And you couldn't have chosen a better pairing.

tracie aka red* said...

I love reading your words with your picture Deirdre.

Tracey said...

Thanks for including me in your musing goodness! :)

Jamie said...

Such great shots.

Kat Sloma said...

Love it! Perfect timing on both.

damiec said...

you couldn't have found a better partner for your image!

blue elephant photography said...

such a cool wall

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