Sunday, October 12, 2008

Get out your protractor...

M.C. Escher said, "We adore chaos because we love to produce order." Well, I think he would have totally grooved on this wondrous scene from Mission Station. When I watched my husband and daughter walking into that linear vanishing point, I just had to grab a shot of it. Those competing angles are so dizzying they are verging on multistability!

Escher also said, "I walk around in mysteries." Don't we all?

28 comments:

Webradio said...

Hello Laurie !
very pretty photo in B&W !


See You later...

Keith said...

I learned a new word today: multistability. Interesting photo and I like the B&W, it doesn't distract from all the lines.

Virginia said...

Good one today laurie. Love the shot of your husband and little girl hand in hand. This would have made a great Theme Day -lines. Now I am going to go learn what multistability means!

Tanya said...

Gorgeous shadows!
I LOVE photos of my kids walking in that "linear vanishing point" or maybe it's because I'm always walking the last in line,lol. Love this photo :)
Have a great weekend!

Hilda said...

Fantastic shot, Laurie! Definitely best shown off in monochrome.

I just learned a new word today, thanks to you. I always just called them optical illusions. :)

Yakpate said...

Yeah... into the rigid, harsh angularity of those marching parallel lines, which look almost militant... two people who love each other are walking. Their soft flesh, and that tender connection of holding hands, remind us of the glowing center of feeling that trumps order.

Thanks for another shot that stimulates us from the back to the front of our brains!

Saretta said...

B&W is perfect for this linear shot. Very nice.

Saretta said...

B&W is perfect for this linear shot. Very nice.

altadenahiker said...

Even i get how good this is. By the way, if we all adore chaos, I guess we're just having the time of our life right now. Uh, but bring on the order please.

Eki Akhwan said...

My eyes were fixated on those lines, shadows and perspective the moment I saw this picture. This is great, Laurie.

And the word multistable is a new word to me. Thanks for the lesson.

ben wideman said...

Another incredible B&W image from your blog. This one might be my favorite. Superb!

Dixie Jane said...

Well, I knew I was walking around in something too. Like Escher, now I know it is mysteries. But I am having a problem with finding the meaning of multistabities. More than one stability? Will someone enlighten me? Laurie, you not only give us a tailspin ride with your photos but you send us to our dictionaries. But I can appreciate the linearity of this picture. You are walking around in mysteries with a camera among the multistabilities of lines and shadows. Nothing obtuse in your ability to capture a picture and get us all caught up in its magic.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

What Escher didn't say is that once we achieve order we want to take drugs. I'm trippin on that photo. Notice how I dropped my "G" ? Just like Sarah Palin.

Laurie said...

Stepping in for Dixie-- just click the word multistability and read away, oh wonderful Mom...

From de Cafe said...

When i cliked the multistabliity link i got another phrase instead: "multistable perceptual phenomena."

So, I'll give make up my own definition appear outta the hat from a canine perception: a child whose foundation is stable due to multiple parents, a loving mom & dad, backed up (in de perfect world) by a loving eagle-eyed dog.

From de Cafe said...

Oh uh, Laurie, she said Capra in Alhambra, "to the best of my recollection."

CB3Dot said...

Great shadows, great lines, great focus. Welcome to the the haven of ongoing change, with parallel dramatic stability. I look foward to following your trek.

Sharon said...

I love the all the angles in this photo. With all the is going on, it still looks peaceful. I also thank you for the new word. I just love learning new words.

Knoxville Girl said...

I'm sure Escher also said "Laurie loves lines". If not he should have. These are tops.

Hope said...

I love the image of your husband holding your daughter's hand. I also have photos similar to this....seems I do spend lots of time lagging behind and taking photos from this view.

Love all the lines and angles and the black & white is perfect! I feel so much better knowing that I'm not the only one walking around in mysteries. It's really quite enjoyable!

Dixie Jane said...

Laurie, m' love. No wonder I didn't GET multistabilities. I was lousy in geometry. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. My geometry teacher tried to.

Scott said...

Excellent, excellent contrast Laurie. This is probably the best photo I have seen you post!

Mister Earl said...

So what's your angle, Laurie? ;-)

My Life In Montreal said...

A very heart warming photo. There was an exhibition of M.C. Escher in Denmark, but I unfortunately didn't have time to visit.

Laurie said...

Hey folks!

Welcome cb3dot!

Yippee! You liked my fun little mess of angles and lines today. You'll have to forgive me for throwing out a $3 word like multistability but isn't it a great term? Oh, and Cafe, multistable perception is the characterization of multistability in vision science. I have a crazy appreciation for weird science. But I draw the line at this Weird Science...

Yak, as usual I want you writing the script of my life. What YOU said!

Thanks so much for all the nice words, people. I really appreciate all of you.

Until tomorrow...

Miss Havisham said...

You blind me with science.

babooshka said...

Bi polar photography! So many levels an extraordinary image. Just when I think I know my fav you pull another rabbit out of the hat.

Halcyon said...

Love the lines and shadows. Wonderful photo!