Pattern of Mistakes
Most photographers don’t like to admit their mistakes – much less show them in public. But I thought this was a perfect opportunity to illustrate a point. I shot (more like, accidentally happened to take) the photo above in the New York Botanical Garden, along the aforementioned, Bronx River. I normally don’t walk around with my camera around my neck, because it’s just too cumbersome and I feel that it could be easily damaged. However, that’s exactly what I do when I’m actively shooting photos at my chosen location. While high-stepping over rocks along the river bank my camera began swinging wildly back and forth. When I reached out to steady it, I accidentally tripped the shutter and took this picture. Something compelled me not to hit the Delete button. Rather than a jumbled, blurry mess, there was a distinctive swirling pattern – almost as though I had applied a digital effect. So, the next time you take a photo that you think should go straight into the Recycle Bin, take a closer look… an artsy, creative pattern image might be within your midst.
As you can see, the natural world is full of beautiful patterns. From flowers to landscapes and from water to trees, amazing patterns can be found just about everywhere and in any quantity. Once you’ve become accustomed to noticing them, you might find more in nature than in the city!