Full of Beauties

Photographic fragments of buildings and landscapes.

If I have learnt anything, it is that life forms illogical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return? 
— Margot Fonteyn, Autobiography

Margot Fonteyn’s quotation captures the spirit of the photographs presented in this latest slideshow of mine on Places. Fleeting moments and the rigors imposed by camera technology challenge both the eye and the mind to create opportunities to make expressive photographs.

These images focus upon fragments of things in the world — buildings, landscapes — which we usually observe and grasp first as a whole, maybe even from a distance. They are static compositions that result from dynamic transitional experiences — experiences “in-between,” in a sense, when we pause to examine an intricate detail, or to notice the illogical patterns that are, as Fonteyn says, “full of beauties.”

Editors' Note

This is the latest in a series of slideshows featuring the photography of landscape architect Ken McCown. Please see also Found Landscapes and Designed Landscapes.

Cite
Ken McCown, “Full of Beauties,” Places Journal, December 2010. Accessed 18 Apr 2015. <>

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  • Richard shepard

    12.28.2010 at 13:10

    These photographs have inspired me to look twice at everything in my path!

  • miss.shellie

    12.30.2010 at 12:30

    Gorgeous photos and lovely passage from Margret Fonteyn - really made my day to watch the slideshow and think about all the in between spaces of life that we so often pass by without noticing. Thanks for sharing!

  • mh

    01.18.2011 at 22:23

    beautiful pics!

  • aprilcott

    02.01.2011 at 15:27

    these are beautiful, ken! really lovely work; glad to see it published for a wide design audience.