I like patterns, shapes, and design. I like simple geometric paintings from Mondrian, I like the cubists‘ works, and I like Escher, whose works deal with complicated, paradoxical patterns. If you don’t know these artists/movements, I suggest looking them up – they are a treat!
To wrap up Theme Week: Shapes I dug back deep into my archives. This is a picture of the Arch in St. Louis, MO. This was a highlight of the trip and seeing the “Gateway to the West” was a special moment for me, as it was the first time I had ever been West of the Mississippi (or even at the Mississippi River for that matter).
I like the architecture of the Bauhaus school. It is known for its simplicity and lines and was a major influence on the modernist architecture movement. I think it also appealed to me because I find the literature of the Weimar period in Germany fascinating and this movement coincided with that time period. I chose this shot because I like the lines and the orderly disorder the open windows bring to the picture. Wonderful shapes here.
Having grown up in New Jersey, I am well-aquainted with traffic circles. And the thought of traffic circles usually reminds me of stressful traffic. I find that the traffic circles in Germany are usually not subject to as much traffic as those back in NJ, and are much less stressful. And while I am well-aware that a traffic circle is just that – a circle, I took this picture because it was the first time I saw one from above. This was taken from the Munich TV Tower. I immediately noticed the geometric shapes – a circle with four tangents – dominates more than the actual objects.
I first visited Brussel, Belgium in 1999. When talking about the visit to others who have been to the city, the question “So you visited Atomium, right?”. Well I didn’t even know what it was. While maybe not as famous, visiting Brussels and not visiting Atomium is like visiting New York and not seeing the Statue of Liberty. When I visited in 2013 again, Atomium was at the top of my list.