“Music is the arithmetic of sound, as optics is the geometry of light.”
Life is all about patterns: patterns of experience and happenstance; patterns both natural and man-made. When first I read the above quote of the 19th century composer and pianist Claude Debussy it appealed to me on several levels. As a musician I quickly identified with the first half and nodded as I recalled the many connections of organized sound and its thinly veiled counterpart — numbers. Music is math as they say.
But also as a fan of and experimenter with photography did the second half of the statement strike a chord. Light and shadow reflecting through a piece of glass onto a sensor or film in patterns, random or not, define the art of photography. Not only is the connection between the two essences a wonderful analogy, but also immediate and realistic. And for me personally, a perfect duality.
Inspired by Monsieur Debussy’s wisdom I took these three photos, aiming to present obvious and intriguing patterns.