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Friday Finds: Patterns in the City

Lately, my Friday Finds posts have shared how other artists are working with patterns.  I discovered Patternicity recently and am intrigued with the project.  An industrial design student at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, Yasemin Uyar, describes the Patternicity Project on her website :

“Patternicity is a 100 day project that I am working on as a part of my masters in branding at SVA.

Each day for 100 days, I am discovering patterns in overlooked noise through observation.

Besides telling a story, the representation of information has a huge influence on the decision making process. With this project, I am exercising how to see to discover, learn and tell. “


A sampling of patterns from Patternicity.

There are many reasons to be intrigued by Uyar’s project.

  • Of course, you know by now that I love patterns.
  • She also works in the way that I do to find these “patterns in overlooked noise through observation.”  She views it as an exercise in seeing,  Much of my work is about Seeing, finding what is right in front of us all along.
  • The varied colors and the beautiful presentation makes them a joy to view.
  • The simplicity of her presentation belies the complex process that she employs to develop them.  When you click on a specific pattern on her site, you are taken to a page that shows the genesis and process for that particular pattern.  For instance, the pattern titled  “WALKING ALONE OR IN GROUPS?”   The process is what was most intriguing for me.

Walking Alone or In Groups ©Yasemin Uyar

Enjoy some time looking over these lovely patterns.  I hope you find inspiration in the patterns and the process, as I have. 


Friday Finds: Patterns of Bark

Patterns are on the agenda for this Friday Find again, as last week.  As a lover of patters, I love to see how other people discover and portray patterns.

Cedric Pollet, a French botanical photographer and landscape architect, has created an amazing book, Bark: An Intimate Look at the World’s Trees   Yes, tree bark.  The images are stunning, rich with color and pattern.  His website has the bark images sorted by color; white, blue, pink, red, green, yellow.  Be sure to check them all here.

Cédric Pollet Green bark images

A selection of Pollet’s green bark images. https://www.cedric-pollet.com/site/en/

Again,bark is something we tend to dismiss as ordinary. Pollet had presented it in a way that we can see how extra-ordinary it really is. That always inspires me to be more aware in my world. 


Friday Finds: Food and Patterns

Patterns are intriguing to me.  They play a large role in much of my work.  So I’m always drawn to ways that patterns show up in other artist’s work or the world in general.

This Friday’s Find is a collaboration between photographer, Henry Hargreaves and stylist Caitlin Levin.   They collaborate on many projects (see them all here).

Their series that caught my attention were food scans with the food arranged in amazingly intricate patterns,  It also appears that some of the images are mirrored to enhance the pattern effect, though I can’t be sure.  See them all here.


Copyright Hargreaves and Levin https://www.hargreavesandlevin.com/

What I find interesting is the unique presentation of ordinary food items as well as a unique way of capturing that presentation, scans as opposed to camera..  The sheer beauty of the images goes beyond their ordinary-ness.

Always seeing something

The end of summer always seems a time to stop and pause before moving on with the year.  In that spirit, I’m going to do “Blog Lite” for the next few weeks.  I’ll simple share a few of my images and some quotes that inspire me.

“Always seeing something, never seeing nothing, being photographer”

Walter De Mulder


Abstract of colorful water reflections at the marina. Prints available. Click on image.


Patterns of Yellowstone – More Water

Did you see the water patterns last week?  I told you I couldn’t choose, so here are some more for you to enjoy.

The water flowing out of the hot springs often causes elaborate and unique patterns in the rock and sand as in the first four images.  Some of the colors result from the minerals and thermophiles in the water and others are reflections from the sky.

Strong sunlight striking a mountain stream created the abstract patterns in the final four images. When you first look at the stream, it’s easy to overlook how many colors are actually there.

Do you have a favorite from this group?  Which one? and why?

Wildlife abounds in all forms in Yellowstone.  I’ll share some of those images next time.

Patterns of Yellowstone – Water

My favorite patterns in Yellowstone were those made by water.  In the last couple of posts, I’ve shared images of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, both panoramic images of the grand scenes as well as images of patterns created by the trees of those parks.

I am a water person.  Everything about water fascinates me and being near water connects with something deep in my soul.  Water is found in all forms in the parks from the snow and glaciers that cover the high peaks, to the rushing streams and waterfalls, to the steam rising from the hot springs.

Those hot springs provided some of the most interesting colors and patterns.  Some of the colors were present due to the minerals in the water, others were evidence of thermophiles that thrive in hot environments.   Whatever the source, I was fascinated with the gorgeous colors and patterns I saw.

I had a hard time choosing just a few water patterns, so next time I’ll share a few more.

Can you choose a favorite?

Patterns of Yellowstone – Trees

Patterns and textures are my favorite subjects to photograph. While I can capture the grand scenes, like the panoramics I showed last week, I am much more drawn to those things that are not so obvious.  When you look past the grand scenes, you begin to see details, patterns, and textures that have a  beauty that often goes unnoticed.

Of the almost 3000 images we brought home from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, probably  2/3 of them were of patterns and textures.   Once while concentrating on a particularly intriguing pattern, another park visitor watched me for a while and then asked me, “What do you see?”  When I explained that I was seeing patterns he still seemed unsure of what that meant.

Often, we have to look closer, past the grand scenes, to see the details and patterns within those scenes.  There’s so often many more layers of beauty that are easily missed.

I’ve organized my Yellowstone pattern images in to different groups that I’ll share over the course of the next few weeks.  Today’s patterns are just some of those created by the trees of Yellowstone.  In 1988, fires ravaged 36% of the park and the effects on the forest are still extremely evident 28 years later and create some quite interesting patterns.  Lodepole Pines are the most common tree in the park and often the only kind you can see for miles.  The geyser basins and hot springs have their own very unique effects on the surrounding trees.  The images here are just a sampling of the many tree patterns to be seen in Yellowstone.

Make sure to click on to the images in the gallery so that you can see them larger and read the captions. 


Water patterns were some of my favorite captures in Yellowstone.  Watch for those next time. 


Seeing the Difference – Part 2

Last week I shared some fun, colorful mandalas that I created using several different mandalas, layers, and blending modes.  (See the post here to read what I did.)

It was so much fun and I loved the results so much that I almost couldn’t stop. There were so many that I decided to split them up and share some with you this week as well.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Do you have a favorite?  I’m having a hard time choosing a favorite!

Layered Difference Mandala-09©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-09©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-10©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-10©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-12©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-12©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-13©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-13©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-14©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-14©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-15©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-15©Gail S. Haile

Seeing a Difference

I’ve been working on images for the annual PPA image competition again. Seems like we just got done with the 2015 round, but the Northeast District competition is coming up next week.  Image competition is a way for me to challenge myself and keep improving my work. It’s not so much competing with others as it is competing with myself. (If you’re interested in why I compete read this.)

This year I decided to take a risk and enter an album of my mandalas.  It’s risky because now I’ll be judged on not just one image but a whole collection.  But I decided it was time to up the ante.

I can’t show you the album just yet, on the off chance that one of the PPA jurors would see it.  If they did see it, they would have to disqualify themselves if it came up to be judged while they were serving on the judging panel.

BUT…I can show you something really cool that I discovered while working on that album.

First, a quick Photoshop lesson.  In Photoshop, you can have multiple layers to an image.  It’s a way to add elements to images or to make adjustments that don’t destroy the original image. It’s one of the strengths of Photoshop.  Additionally, with layers, there are various blending modes that you can choose.  Very simply, blending modes affect how the layers interact with each other.  On Normal blending mode, the layer is opaque and you cannot see what is underneath.  Change to another blending mode and the layer begins to interact with whatever is beneath.

When I was playing with mandalas for my album, i had several mandalas in the same file, each on it’s own layer.  Difference is a blending mode that is often used to line up to layers.  I was using it to make sure the mandalas were the same size and in the same position.  The very pleasant surprise ( a delight!) was what it did to the colors in the mandalas and the new patterns that were created.

Here are the 5 very different mandalas that I chose to demonstrate the cool effect that Difference blending mode makes: Source mandalas

Some of the resulting mandalas are a combination of two of the mandalas above, others include three or four, with all layers on the difference blending mode.

Layered Difference Mandala-01©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-02©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-03©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-04©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-06©Gail S. HaileLayered Difference Mandala-07©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-08©Gail S. Haile

Can you discern which original mandalas were used to create each of the Difference mandalas?

I had such a good time playing with this, that I had to stop myself after a while.  These are some of my favorites and I’ll share more next week.   




Shadows in the Snow

Snow, snow, and more snow!  We’ve had a LOT of snow this year.  We’ve actually had a lot of sun as well which is unusual. The combination of the two has been intriguing as I watched all the shadows created on the blank canvas of the snow.  I don’t usually venture out much in the snow but these abstract shadows were just so intriguing.  So I put my high boots on and tromped about in knee high snow to capture just a few of them.

©Gail Haile_Snow Shadows 1   Click on image to enlarge.

©Gail Haile_Snow Shadows 1 Click on image to enlarge.

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©Gail Haile_Snow Shadows 5 Click on image to enlarge.

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©Gail Haile_Snow Shadows 4 Click on image to enlarge.

©Gail Haile_Snow Shadows 3   Click on image to enlarge.

©Gail Haile_Snow Shadows 3 Click on image to enlarge.

©Gail Haile_Snow Shadows 2  Click on image to enlarge.

©Gail Haile_Snow Shadows 2 Click on image to enlarge.