The Design Observer Group

Posted 12.28.10

Ken McCown

Full of Beauties

If I have learnt anything, it is that life forms illogical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return? 
— Margot Fonteyn, Autobiography  

Dan Flavin, installlation detail, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. 

Margot Fonteyn's quotation captures the spirit of the photographs presented in this latest slideshow of mine on Places. Fleeting moments and the rigors imposed by camera technology challenge both the eye and the mind to create opportunities to make expressive photographs.


These images focus upon fragments of things in the world — buildings, landscapes — which we usually observe and grasp first as a whole, maybe even from a distance. They are static compositions that result from dynamic transitional experiences — experiences "in-between," in a sense, when we pause to examine an intricate detail, or to notice the illogical patterns that are, as Fonteyn says, "full of beauties."