Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #141: Geometry

Geometry is the archetype of the beauty of the world.~Johannes Kepler

The world is full of shapes.  Circles, squares, ovals, triangles, and even some of your favorites from geometry class like parallelograms.  For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, we are focusing on geometry—shapes that are visually interesting and form a pattern or rhythm.

To get your creative wheels spinning, here are some examples of photos that focus on geometry:   

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. is a stunning tribute to Abraham Lincoln and was modeled after the Parthenon in Greece. I love the classic ionic columns, topped with curving volutes and egg-and-dart oval patterns.

  

The giant Unisphere in Flushing Meadows, Queens is 120-foot-diameter globe, a symbol of the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Made from stainless steel, the globe is composed of a series of “radial pathways” created by welded steel rectangles. It is surrounded by several orbital rings.

A spiral staircase from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago appears to be a series of oval shapes and radiating straight lines.

Sometimes geometric shapes appear in unlikely places–like these mosaics in a train station in New York City. If you look closely, you can see the small square tessera used in the design of the eyes.

A series of open glass windows in this aquatic club in Chicago create a beautiful pattern. I love the multi-colored repetitive shapes in each pane of glass.

In this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #141:  Geometry we invite you share images that feature geometric shapes.  In your post, include a link to my original post and use the Lens-Artists tag so that everyone can find your post in the WP Reader. We hope you join the fun!

Looking back at last week, we were inspired by Beth’s marvelous challenge, A Change of Scenery. Your posts took us to special places in the USA, Spain, the U.K., India, Canada, and Australia–to name a few. They were a breath of fresh air and a glimpse of life after quarantine for all of us.

Next week, Ann-Christine will be hosting Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #142, so please be sure to visit her site and join us.  Her theme will be: You Pick It–a topic of your choice. In the meantime, have a wonderful, creative week and please stay safe.

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  1. Patti, your images are wonderful! My favorite is the spiral staircase. It’s been over 50 years since I’ve had a geometry class so I will have to really use my brain – and my archives – for this challenge!

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    • Hi, Beth. I remember geometry class was the beginning of my realization that I was going to have to work really hard to get through math for the next 3 years!! I’m delighted you like these images. Looking forward to seeing yours.

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  2. I like the idea despite this is more likely connected to either architecture or still-life photography. Both types of photography are not my preferred kind. But, I was able to find some images. I love especially your staircase. It’s fantastic!

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  3. All gorgeous, Patti! A very interesting topic – it will be interesting to see all the entries. I love especially the spiral staircase – and the B&W choices. The glass windows are really beautiful!

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    • Hi, A-C. I’m delighted you like them.😀. They were all deep in my archives!! We’ve been hungry for cities this year. The glass windows came from a beautiful old athletic club in Chicago that had gorgeous architecture. Looking forward to your post/images. Umm….where will you “go”??

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  4. An interesting topic Patti, I love those open windows. I’ll have to look through the archives for this one, not much geometry in nature and that’s pretty much all I have around me at the moment.

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    • Hi, Jude. It’s true. Nature has very few straight lines! But I hope you find some images in your archives that will work. We’ve been relying on our archives for the past year, for sure!

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  5. These are remarkable photos showing the beauty of geometryin architecture. The spiral staircase image is stunning. I also love the beautiful pattern of these windows, a perfect angle!

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    • Um…one of my least favorite subjects, too.😀. But in photography, it’s a totally different story! Glad you like these images. It’s a favorite topic of mine. Looking forward to your post, too.

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    • Hi, Tracy. Thanks so much. I think the patterns are “soothing” to the eye. We like repetition! Glad you like those images from “deep” in my archives! Looking forward to your post.

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  6. These are great photos.

    I want to say that the spiral staircase is the best one. It probably is. However, I think I favour the globe and windows more. The globe due how you’ve framed it, leaving part of it outside of the frame and the windows due to how they carry a sense of depth and distance. But all of these are great.

    Here’s mine for this one:

    Old Walls

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  7. You’ve got some great geometry here, Patti. I love that oval staircase and the windows. Chicago is on my to-visit list and your giving me more things to see when I’m ether 🙂
    Funnily enough, I did a geometry post this week that I’ll link in now. But I’ll be back later in the week with some more. A topic I love!

    Geometric

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  8. A very challenging challenge Patti! I cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with. Your images are wonderful, and I like the way they’re displayed this week. Loved the spiral staircase and the beautiful windows especially. Beautiful post. BTW, I see some of the pingbacks are displaying a bit differently. Wonder why???? Mine is here: https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2021/03/28/lens-artists-challenge-141-geometry/

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    • As I mentioned on your site, I love the addition of the soap bubbles and the spider’s web. A great idea. Nature does use geometry, too! I’m so glad you made that point this week. As for the images, thank you! They were fortunately “finds” in my archives. I see what you mean about the pingbacks. Interesting, but I have no idea why either…um…Time for an investigation. Take care and enjoy your week with family.

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      • Thanks Patti – will be interested in your search results. Sadly, the kids left today but we had a terrific 6 days to make up for too much lost time. Tons of fun and hopefully more again soon!

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      • 6 days…wonderful. And yes, too much lost time. It will take us a while to “catch up” especially with children who are growing and maturing. I’m delighted you were able to see them again.

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  9. It is always pleasing to me to find geometric shapes integrated into intricate designs. I especially like that spiral staircase.
    This will be a tough challenge to find natural examples, but I will look also to architecture to help me provide a challenge-response.

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    • Hi, John. I’m glad you like them, too, including the spiral staircase. Thanks! Tina has found some geometric shapes in nature…soap bubbles, a spider’s web. You could also choose eggs, etc. Architecture is a great choice, too. I know you’ll come up with great choices.😀

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  10. I liked your photo of the staircase and also the one of the Unisphere. My grandparents lived in New York and we visited the World’s Fair when I was very young. One of the only things I remember was that sculpture. Thanks for sharing your photo of it!

    My post above is about the geometry found within a deep crack in the ground.

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    • Hi, Siobhan. I didn’t realize you have relatives in NY! That’s where I grew up. I went to the fair with my parents and will never forget the sculpture and the Ford exhibit! I enjoyed your post about the very deep crack in the ground.

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  11. Beautiful images. I love that view of the spiral staircase. And as for the repeated window panes, with repeating motifs in each, wonderful. Similar to the theme of squares within squares: tesserae inside a square tile. I’m really a sucker for the Art Deco, Bauhaus and modernist aesthetics, and their exploration of industrial production of beauty; so that wonderful globe from the NYC fair appealed immediately to me.

    For my contribution I chose to illustrate and talk about the more fluid modern notion of geometry: https://anotherglobaleater.wordpress.com/2021/03/29/walking-an-ancient-route/

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    • Your post is fabulous, IJ. I loved your exploration of this wild and beautiful place. And I’m delighted you like my urban shots!! Like you, I love Art Deco and Bauhaus and some modernist architecture. Chicago is a marvelous place if you want to see marvelous examples of those time periods. And the World’s Fairgrounds are so empty now…a bit of a wasteland. I’m glad that the Unisphere remains at least. Once again, I’m delighted you joined us!

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    • I do like them, Cee. I love how you’ve captured different shapes in one image like the coffee cup, the design in the foam, and the table. Great idea. And I’m glad you enjoyed mine, too! Take care and have a good week.

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    • Hi, Jane. I didn’t realize you grew up on the East Coast! I lived out on Long Island–on the North Shore–and have vivid memories of going there to see the fair. As for that staircase….it’s a work of art, too! Thanks as always for your thoughts and I hope all’s well with you.

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    • Hi, Jez. Great collection on your site. I love how you divided them into man-made and from nature. Glad you like the staircase from the Museum of Contemporary Art. It really is a work of art!! Glad you joined us.

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    • Hi, David. I really like your idea of focusing on everyday examples of geometry. It makes us take a second look at ordinary things like the spiral notebook sitting on my desk right now! Isn’t the Unisphere great? I am sorry that more of the World’s Fair wasn’t preserved.

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    • Hi, Lindy. Definitely vertigo inducing. I loved your “soft” focus. Beautiful images. You’re right about all the harshness. Good idea to focus on ‘soft’ instead.

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