LAPC #229 – Perfect Patterns

Of course there is no such thing as a ”perfect” pattern…but it could be perfect in Your eyes, perfect for camouflage or perfect for its purpose…or simply radiating ”perfect”! This week we challenge you to find perfect patterns and it would be great if you wanted to tell us why you think they are perfect.

For me, the first thing that comes to mind is the natural world. Seemingly perfect, and more often than not – pleasing to the eye.

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.

– Alice Walker

A giant lotus at Kew Gardens, and DNA strands –

The more perfect a thing is, the more susceptible to good and bad treatment it is.

– Dante Alighieri

I went to Copenhagen in search for more patterns, and found Musselmalet Ribbed, the first tableware decor of Royal Copenhagen. It was designed in 1770, and today, centuries later, it is one of the most famous and coveted porcelain decorations in the world. Every piece is still painted by hand. So,…they cannot be perfect…or?

We often think that a perfect pattern should be symmetrical…but does it really have to be? These are licorice bottles.

Many more patterns would be almost perfect, if humans did not mess with them. I never walk on newly fallen snow – if I am not forced to do so… but I have to feed the birds!

A room in one of the wineries of Porto. Surely designed to look perfect – but as it showed up in my computer – I realised it is not. The lines are asymmetrical, but somehow we don’t notice that at first. What can we learn from this?

To understand is to perceive patterns.

– Isaiah Berlin

Why do I believe there are perfect patterns in this shopping window? I liked the white trunks spreading out just like the photo model’s hair, and the dots of snow and her blouse are corresponding. The scale of colours too suggests a Nordic/Scandinavian thought from the decorator. I guess it’s the harmony of different patterns that makes this window perfect in my eyes.

Back to nature again – a young eagle owl being released in freedom – as you can see, the feathers are not completely perfect – but,

I think every single imperfection adds to your beauty. I’d rather be imperfect than perfect.

– Sonam Kapoor

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

– Jane Austen

Did you know that if you destroy a spider’s web too many times, it will not be spun as meticulously perfect anymore?

For my knitted caps, I make up ”perfect” patterns according to what I know about the person who is going to wear them. Most of these were my children’s, but the sheep cap with mittens I made this autumn (Christmas gift) for my little granddaughter.

Finally – nothing is completely perfect – at least never when a human is involved. But, let your own eyes and feelings decide what is perfect for you!!

Many thanks to Patti for last week’s Diagonals – your creative and thoughtful posts really made us think, and maybe even revise our approach to photography.

Now we’re looking forward to seeing what patterns you will find! Be sure to include a link to my original post and to use the Lens-Artists tag so we can easily find you in the Reader. If you’re new to the challenge and want to join us, click here.

Next week, it’s Tina’s turn to be our host, so be sure to visit her inspirational site for LAPC #230. Have a great week ahead and hope to see you soon!

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  9. Such a great selection of different patterns. I particularly like the siders web image. Mine will follow shortly, late as always.

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  26. I loved the challenge and loved your selection with the encouragement of so many avenues to follow. I do love the spider web and the information you shared about it’s masterpieces as time goes along. You can’t blame them. The winery at Porto was almost frustrating to realize that at second glance, it is not a perfect pattern. But interesting just the same.

    Your knitted caps are adorable. Always admire those who can create usable clothing with knitting and crocheting. Very cute.

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  35. Nice photos.
    I like that you haven’t necessarily centered all of these on the patterns. There’s something about how it makes them feel more part of the scene that I find appealing here. That said, the shots that focus on the patterns are just as appealing.

    Here’s mine for this one:

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  39. You’ve reminded us that there are patterns everywhere! You have some excellent examples – I especially like the simplicity of the snow with tire tracks and the spider’s web. And how clever to knit such lovely warm things and to personalise them like that!

    I seem to have plenty of patterns in my photos so I’ve tried to choose mostly those that I don’t think I’ve shared previously: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-perfect-patterns-around-the-world/

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  41. Your collection of perfect things is wonderful, AC. And yes, perfection is subjective, but they all look wonderful to me! I’m especially drawn to your collection of caps…how lovely that you personalize them. Sheep for your granddaughter–how perfect is that! Take care and have a good week. Here’s a link to my version of perfect!!

    LAPC #229: Perfect Patterns

  42. Quite a collection of patterns you have this week. It is finally cool enough around here that I can imagine that somewhere on earth people might want to wear woollens, like the beautiful hand-knitted ones you show.

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  49. Perfect and so beautiful! You are showing us the beauty of patterns around us (I might overlooked). The wineries of Porto is stunning, and the eagle, wow!! I love how you angle the waterlily leave, perfect.

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  51. When I first thought of this challenge, I wasn’t sure if I could find enough examples… how wrong I was. I discovered that I often capture patterns without even realizing it when composing an image. Your examples helped me realize that patterns, natural and man-made, are everywhere.

    Great challenge topic. I especially like the spider web.

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  55. Wonderfully said and shown Ann-Christine, you truly covered the gamut with your examples! Loved your knitting examples especially and made me smile to think of your creating something for your little granddaughter. Also loved your opener and the gorgeous shop window. Terrific challenge.

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  60. Hi Leya, I love this challenge theme. What could be more universal than patterns? Yours are beautiful. My favorite was the shopping window. I love how you brought the patterns out of that picture for us. My favorite part was the echo of the dots on the blouse and the window. I love your winter caps, too. They are so colorful. Have a great holiday, my friend. Keep warm. 🙂 I’ve left you a pingback to my post.

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    • Thank you, Janet. Just happened to look at that window …and was stuck. Decoraters are often very good, but either minimalistic or the opposite. For me, this one hit home.

  62. The spiders web is perfect for it’s purpose but not perfect in its entirety perhaps. This is an interesting wrinkle on the quest for ”perfection”that you raised at the beginning of your post. Interesting challenge Ann- Christine!

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  66. Such a lovely collection of photos to get us going! In my younger years (before becoming an educator) I worked in a store that sold fine china. I always loved Royal Copenhagen for its designs, color and craftsmanship. What a nice memory that photo brought back!

    • I am glad to help bringing back good memories, Lindy! My mother-in-law had this Danish china and I loved it. Until I was helping her with carrying this china through her big rooms to the kitchen. Phew… Those cups and saucers didn’t go easily together!

  67. Ooh ! I just love this and shall put it aside for later’study’ and ‘contemplation’ 🙂 !!! Love the ‘busy’ shop window . . . have no problems in dividing the various patterns in my mind ! As I have a dear gf living in Morocco I oft have the opportunity to look at their very complex patterns in use everywhere . . . there geometrical symmetry plays a huge part in actually quietening one’s mind whilst visualizing a number of patterns closely knit . . .

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  70. Oh, AC … love this post and your images. I thought I had posted a walk on Patterns, but I haven’t …. but it should be out in the first half of the new year. Of course seeing this may move it forward! 🙂 Patterns in the nature world are beyond spectacular … and nature inspires many of humanity’s patterns. Thanks for this – and you have inspired me to watch for other participants in this series. 🙂

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