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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Nature is such a beautiful artist!
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Thank you for inspiring me to enter the photo challenge. I know I may be too late posting, but thank you so much.
Never too late – thank you for joining in!
Thanks Leya! Great fun 😁
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Such a great selection of different patterns. I particularly like the siders web image. Mine will follow shortly, late as always.
Thank you – and looking forward to seeing your post!
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Hope link works.
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Wonderful post, A-C 👏 I could sit & stare at the snowy shot & the geometric floor design all day; so calming 😃 Here’s mine: https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2022/12/16/natural-patterns-lens-artists-challenge-229/
Thank you – calming it is. Patterns make our brain rest, I believe. Our eyes are always drawn to them.
I started looking at it like a maze 😂
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Here’s my addition to the fun!
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Loved the ‘Scandinavian’ window – it truly is Nordic and although I’m not sure why – birch trees? polka dots? the contrasting colours? I suspect I have some similar shop windows from Scandinavia as well. As for me I went over to India to check out the elaborate, mostly geometric and floral patterns created by the Mughal Emperors: https://elizabatz.com/2022/12/15/design-patterns-in-mughal-india/
Amazingly beautiful, Elizabeth. Those are magnificent patterns of the east.
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Thanks sharing this idea..you have amazing images.
Thank you, Anita! Not to talk about your marvelous staircase!
This staircase in Barcelona caught my attention. Anita
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Just had to join in on this one. https://heavenssunshine.com/natures-perfect-patterns/
Fab collection and lovely explanation.
The wineries of Porto and shopping windows are fantastic!
All the clicks are visually appealing.
Thank you, AC.
Thank you so much, Philo! I tried to be varied!
You are welcome.
I enjoyed watching those beautiful examples.
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In the end this was a rush job: off to family in London: https://margaret21.com/2022/12/14/perfect-patterns/
Hi Ann-Christine, I finally got my post put together. Hope you enjoy it.
Thank you for joining in, Cee! And yes – I loved it!
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Hello again Ann-Christine, here are some different perfect patterns for this week’s lovely challenge: https://tranature.com/2022/12/14/haiku-snow-rumbles/
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Thanks for helping us see the patterns that, as photographers, we are all drawn to; but seldom pay attention to. Your examples are terrific learning tools. Great challenge!
Thank you, Anne! Happy you like the challenge!
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.
Thank you, Donna! I think twice before removing a spider’s web, but sometimes I feel I must… And yes, it would have been interesting to know why the pattern in the winery was made the way it was. Maybe two architects unable to cooperate???;-D
Hahaha. Maybe. Or a sampling of the goods ….
Another great collection of pictures Ann-Christine. You certainly got me thinking. I was very conflicted what to share for this challenge. But better late than never, here’s my entry:
Well, you certainly rose to the challenge! Thank you for ponderings and perfect patterns all along!
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I liked the preciseness of the patterns at the winery and the more natural patterns in the giant water lily leaf, Ann-Christine!
Thank you! Isn’t it amazing how suddenly there are patterns everywhere…?
So many wonderful patterns Ann-Christine, beautifully captured! Our contribution for this week’s lovely challenge is here: https://whippetwisdom.com/2022/12/12/tanka-one-ray-of-light/
Thank you, Xenia – loved your post!
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Patterns, patterns, everywhere! Great topic.
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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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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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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!!
Thank you, Patti! Personalizing is the greatest joy. Your post – is perfect!
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.
It seems my link didn’t show up again. Here it is: https://anotherglobaleater.wordpress.com/2022/12/12/succulents/
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Great shots of the winery and eagle. Also interesting info about spider webs…thanks 🙂
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The patterns in the winery are amazing! 😊
Thank you! A beautiful room it was – so surprised it wasn’t symmetrical!
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I love all these patterns. The spider web and your knit hats are my favorites.
Thank you – they seem to be favourites so far!
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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.
Thank you, Amy – my goal was to be as varied as possible to make people see the possibilities!
Here is my take on: https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2022/12/12/83316/
Thank you, Amy! Perfect!
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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.
Thank you, John! I tried to be as varied as possible to make people open their eyes to patterns – everywhere! Then I am happy!
Here is my official post for the patterns challenge this week. Thank you for your contributions to lens-artists: https://secondwindleisure.com/2022/12/11/sunday-stills-monthly-color-challenge-my-world-of-cobalt-blue/
Thank you too!
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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.
Thank you, Tina! So far it seems we will have quite a lot of patterns here!
nice idea, Ann-Christine. Your knitting and the winery floor are standing out for me. Well done!
Thank you, Andre’, it was fun to be as varied as possible to ring the bell!
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Wonderful images and great topic Ann-Christine.Here is mine for this week
Thank you – and I loved your post! Glad you were in the passenger seat though…
Glad you liked my post for this challenge. Thanks Ann-Christine ❤️
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Wonderful post, Ann-Christine. So much to take in and be inspired by. I didn’t know about the spider’s web (amazing shot, by the way), I shall keep that in mind and try not to destroy the one in my car 🙂
Here is mine:
Happy you like the challenge – seems to be right up your alley! And I must say…if the spider’s web is in my car – I might take it away…
I can’t, really. It has a name now 😀
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A very interesting challenge!!!
You are an artist with knitting!!!
Haha, thank you! Interesting it is – and your entry is marvelous!
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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.
Thank you so much, Marsha! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season too!
Thanks! I’ll take that! 🙂
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That’s a cool window. Love your choices.
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.
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!
Thank you, Anne! And yes, I hoped it would be interesting – many questions and hopefully many answers!
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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!
Truly wonderful patterns you’ve collected for us, Ann-Christine! Love the spiderweb! My monthly color challenge happens to include some fun patterns too. I’ll add the link tomorrow!
Thank you, Terri!
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 . . .
Thank you, Eha! I have only been to Morocco once, but loved it. And their patterns are indeed intricate and beautiful!
Another lovely post. I really like your knitting!
Why thank you, Jude! The children liked it too – at least when they were small…
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Wonderful imperfect photos. Thanks for the inspiration.
Thank you, Dawn, I tried to start us all thinking and doing!
Excellent set of patterns, AC! Love your knitted creations 😊👍
Thank you, Sue!
My favourite is the spiders web and the lotus leaf is OK as well. A great variety to give everyone ideas 🙂
Thanks, Brian, I really tried to reach a variety of possibilities – and to start thoughts on perfection…
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Such an interesting post, certainly made me look more closely at the photos. I love how you have found the patterns in the model in the window,
Thank you! I am happy my maybe a bit provocative words made you look closer, and glad you liked my suggestions for those window patterna!
Ann-Christine. The idea of this challenge is intriguing this week. I love the angle you got on the giant lily pad. Excellent grouping of photos. 😀
Thank you so much, Cee! I really tried to get the variety and to start people thinking of ”why”
That lotus is a lovely capture, Ann-Christine. I tend to think I like simplicity in patterns but when I look at the patterns I surround myself with, perhaps I don’t!
Haha, sounds just like me…partly why I tried to be a bit provocative to start people thinking about their choices!
Great theme, great photos. LOVE the lotus pad, winery, and OWL, amongst others. Excellent.
Thank you, John! I tried to be diverse and a bit provocative…
Oh, this is a fabulous challenge, Ann-Christine. And as you have shown, there are so many different ways to go with it. Now, let’s see …
Thank you, margaret! I tried hard to be diverse and to be a bit provocative…
And managed perfectly!
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. 🙂
How great if I have inspired! My goal was to be as diverse as possible – and a bit provocative to make you think and observe!