Patterns Again & Again

Quite a while ago I posted a small epiphany I had on a pattern I noticed while working on this project. I did make a note at the end to think about it but haven't really done so with any kind of conscious or concerted effort. The truth is for the last two months or so I've been focused on getting the Fragments side project done and out of the way.

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The note I made to think about that particular pattern was intended for the main Black/White project so I put it on the back burner with the notion I'd revisit it as well as a bunch of other things when I was back to business with the main project. Interestingly enough I made a few notes a mere two weeks ago about unintentional paths I opened up while focused on my side project.

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Interestingly enough I also mentioned how I'm certain those accidents wouldn't have happened, and definitely wouldn't have lead anywhere else if I'd not been keeping track of my thoughts here on this micro-site as they occur to me and as I go down the road on the Black/White project. Too funny because at the end of that post I just happened to post the following image…

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What's funny about that? Well I just happened to like that frame for inclusion in the Fragments side project. without connecting it with my previous observation on that specific pattern of mine. Why? Well, because I was focused on the side project and then I was focused on a notion of diptychs I'm going to try with the main project and other things like that. What's even funnier is I missed it while writing a heading of "Connecting The Dots" immediately after that frame.

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I just happened to like that previous image without any connection at all to the pattern I identified. It may go without saying, I went back and took a look over the pictures I made in January but this time looking for that pattern. Surprisingly or maybe not, look what I found. I blew by most of these in my first pass. I don't even remember most of them. A few I really like. How could this happen? Easy; This is the non-directed part of the side project. Canon fodder, warming up, nothing that's supposed to be used for the side project. It is however much more like I approach the main black/white project.

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Of course there's a few more from the other set with Melanie. I like those too. Maybe not specifically for the Fragments side project but there's something there, elements of what I am looking for in the main black/white project.

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I love the frame above, I just don't think it quite fits for the Fragments project. Not really the feel I want. There's a bunch of them that I didn't even give a second thought to until I went back and looked.

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What's more is they are all over the place in pictures I made during January. With every collaborator I worked with. Most of these didn't have any rating, tag, label or other "I want to see this again" notation.

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I won't bore you any more than I already have with every single one. Given this is sort of a note to self site I just will leave a few place holders here so I do remember to look at this more thoroughly across the entire population of experiments, side-projects, and whatever else pops out as I progress.

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The other, other white meat. Sorry, had to do that when I said other-other. The other thing I'll do is actually focus on and prepare for these particular moments at the very next opportunity. Not in any directorial way, just put it at the forefront of what I'm looking for as opposed to having a few frames grabbing the same moment by accident or more likely subconscious recognition. Just to see what happens, just to see if conscious attention produces different results or timing or shows things I usually miss.

End Notes

All pictures made with the Fuji XT-1 and 18-55mm XF. Processed in Lightroom CC with VSCO FILM05 BW400CN applied on import.