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Gallery: 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."


Editors' Note

This is the latest in a series of slideshows featuring the photography of landscape architect Ken McCown. Please see also Found Landscapes and Designed Landscapes.
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Comments (4)   |   JUMP TO MOST RECENT >>

These photographs have inspired me to look twice at everything in my path!
Richard shepard
12.28.10 at 01:10

Gorgeous photos and lovely passage from Margret Fonteyn - really made my day to watch the slideshow and think about all the in between spaces of life that we so often pass by without noticing. Thanks for sharing!
miss.shellie
12.30.10 at 12:30

beautiful pics!
mh
01.18.11 at 10:23

these are beautiful, ken! really lovely work; glad to see it published for a wide design audience.
aprilcott
02.01.11 at 03:27



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ABOUT THE SLIDESHOW

A portfolio of photographs by Ken McCown, capturing patterns and fragments of buildings and landscapes.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ken McCown is director of the Downtown Design Center at the School of Architecture at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.
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