Part of the Dixie Furniture Company (founded in 1901), Link-Taylor brands manufactured quality hardwood office, bedroom and dining room sets. Dixie Furniture became Lexington Furniture in 1987. Like textiles, furniture manufacturing has declined significantly due to lower cost overseas manufacturing. These buildings are now part of the local abandoned manufacturing landscape.
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This paddle composition has been on my backlog for a several months. I finally got around to working on it earlier this week. As I started my typical workflow, I had a black and white treatment in mind. The white balanced color view didn’t seem to offer as much, so I also tried a vintage Kodachrome emulation treatment with Alien Skin’s Exposure 7 and liked the results. Some additional tweaking in Filter Forge resulted in the image below.
I decided to also try a mashup of the color image with a sepia treatment. I’ve used variations of this approach several times in the past. In this treatment, I allowed a little more color in the paddles. It’s a cool effect, but is comparably a little flatter image.
I like the black and white, but am leaning towards the color, because of its rustic feel and bolder primary colors. If you have a preference, please let me know. For the best viewing experience, click and image for a high resolution version. Thanks for stopping by today!
My family loves to vacation in the southern beaches of North Carolina, usually Ocean Isle Beach. Traditionally, we include a visit to the famous seafood restaurants of Calabash. The local shrimp boats and fishing charters dock right behind the restaurants, ensuring the freshest seafood.
During our July visit, I excused myself while waiting to be seated to capture a few vignettes of the dockside. These seagulls immediately caught my eye as they patiently awaited the daily return of the shrimp boats. They are more than happy to clean up the scraps! I was attracted by the contrast between the orderly grid like shingle textures and the sky. And, the seemingly random placement of gulls on the orderly shingle grid.
A quick word or two of advice. First, after your meal in Calabash, make sure to stop in to Callahan’s of Calabash “everything beach” gift shop . Also, while on the docks, be on the lookout for incoming seagull shit. Sorry, I meant poop.
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This is the first in a series of compositions of an intriguing abandoned house on Highway 150 in Caswell County North Carolina. The house was locked, I can’t confirm this is really a haunted house. (o;
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I found some cool compositions in this abandoned scrapyard near downtown Albermarle, North Carolina. After squeezing myself, and equipment, through a narrow opening in the building (3rd image below), dozens of mosquitoes descended on me in an instant. I had to get my shots and get out quick!
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As a follow-up to my previous Sunflower Study Part 1 post, here are more compositions along with a continued discussion about the amazing growth enabling mathematical structures consistently found in nature.
The foundation of this structure is the Fibonacci Numbers or Sequence. Start with 0 and 1 and then the sum them, drop the zero and you have the first two sequence numbers (1, 1). Then keep summing the the two numbers to build the sequence – 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233 and on. If you divide any number by the previous number you get 1.618 – the Golden Mean, or phi φ.
Next, consider a 360° circle. If you divide 360° by 1.618 you have an angle of 222.5°. The remaining angle in the circle is 137.5° – the Golden Angle (360° – 222.5°). If we build a model of square boxes, each with an adjacent box based on the Fibonacci Sequence, then and any two adjacent boxes will form a Golden Rectangle. Drawing an arch across the outer corners of each box forms the Fibonacci Spiral or Golden Spiral. Now we have the mathematics and geometry to reference what can be seen throughout the natural world.
The term phyllotaxis refers to the botanical study of phylla (leaves, seeds, flower pedals, etc.) on plants. A plant will typically set each phylla at a 137.5° “golden” angle from the previous one. This creates a “golden” spiral of leaves up the stem or seeds around the center of the flower. This enables not only the maximum possible exposure to the sun, but also the most efficient use of space. Fibonacci Spirals are a visual consequence or patterned observation based on this arrangement.
When observing the pattern of disc florets in the sunflower, it’s usually easy to see the both clockwise and counter clockwise spirals. On a typical medium size sunflower you can observe 34 spirals in one direction and 55 spirals in the other. Larger sunflowers can have spirals of 55 and 89. Did you notice these are Fibonacci numbers? John Edmark, a professor at John Hopkins University, is also an artist and inventor. Check out this wonderful video about his fascinating work based on Fibonacci spirals. Another great video about these amazing mathematical structures is Nature by Numbers, it shows a great animation on the distribution of sunflower disc florets.
Once you start looking for the golden spiral, you’ll find them all around you! And, if you’re like me, you’ll get a sense of awe and closeness with our Creator. Perhaps in the future, I can create some compositions to support a discussion around the Golden Mean. These compositions can be best viewed by clicking to see a high resolution version from my portfolio site. Thanks for taking time to visit my blog.