Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Well, this has been a pretty hectic Sunday, and I’d still like to get a chunk of fiction pumped out for NaNoWriMo this evening. So I’ll settle for a short simple post.

This Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to create a semi-abstract photo emphasizing the geometry of the picture, cropping the original as severely as needed. Can there be anything more determinedly geometric than twentieth-century architecture?

Part of the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia,
with a free-standing statue in gray -
the entire cube of a building wants to be about geometry
and nothing but geometry
(unlike the lushly Impressionist paintings inside).

The facade of this building in downtown Montreal zigzags in and out in a way that I think is interesting.

But – wait a minute – can’t geometry include curves, too? And these are very practical curves – scythe handles, developed to let farmers harvest wheat as efficiently as possible in the long years before machinery.
(Though I will admit that I cropped the heck out of the original photo to focus on the geometry of the scythes.)

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6 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

  1. You know I have a friend who always chooses straight line design while I always choose curves. Having said that good architecture in any shape is a joy. Its interesting that the museum’s exterior is so opposite to its interior :-)

    • “Good architecture in any shape is a joy” – yes, definitely! Now, I wonder what makes architecture good? I suppose an interesting mixture of balance and surprise.

      And yes, it is odd that the building almost contradicts the collection (which contains more Renoirs than I had realized Renoir ever painted; lots and lots of pink and curves). I suppose one reason for the austerely modern design (we need a better term for that style; it’s about a hundred years old now) anyway, one reason for the design is probably that the building is quite new, less than five years.

  2. architecture is about everything. I keep going-to go out and take photos of some of the old buildings in Bradford. First frost today, it looks very pretty.

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