On a recent trip to Rome, my husband got bored waiting around while I took photographs and turned his camera on me. After he had taken a few he showed them to me and I told him he’d started a typology. So he took some more and here they are.
Ambling through my twitter feed this morning I came across a link, from Maria Popova of Brain Pickings, about commonplace books. Of course I had to follow it. Up came a great article from another obsessive note-taker, Ryan Holiday, about his commonplace books. I don’t disagree with much that he says, but I do handle […]
Not to be confused with taxidermy! These images are from the American Museum of Natural Science. They have a huge display wall showing how we classify life. I am fascinated by the subtle grids and systems that underlie these displays.
Works like Aten Reign have a long history – the Romans built temples with central holes open to the sky.
Asking a question like that implies that there’s a sort of pre-established programme of nature which is taking its course and which we’re intruding on and disrupting. Whereas we are part of this process, even if we modify it. The history of life as a whole is simply the interaction of certain forms of life […]
To achieve this – to make buildings which have life and profound order – it is necessary to be rescued from the mechanistic trap by concentrating on the life and order of a building as something in itself. Christopher Alexander, The Phenomenon of Life
Exploring grids of small collages, like plant or animal forms in a museum display.
Humans are pattern-seeking animals. We must find cause and meaning in all events (quite apart from the probable reality that the universe both doesn’t care much about is and often operates in a random manner). Stephen Jay Gould, Bully for Brontosaurus
When the railroad and photography came along our relationship to time and space changed. Suddenly we could travel faster than nature – faster than walking, faster than a horse or the wind in a sail. In speeding up travel, and eventually isolating us from the journey behind glass, our relationship with the space between destinations […]