Geometric patterning

img_9219The world would be a very different place without glass. That is a statement of the obvious. But it is when you view reflections in so-called flat glass windows that you appreciate that glass is so much more than a building material that keeps out the cold and brings light into interiors.

These windows are sited in a building opposite Debenhams, the department store, on Oxford Street, London. The facade of Debenhams was overlaid with hanging, brushed aluminium tiles a few years ago in a make-over as shown in a previous Post – click here to view. And it is those tiles, bathed in bright sunlight, that are reflected in these windows creating images that are like Moiré interference.

I’ve seen a whole range of reflections in inner-city areas that vary from those that are recognizably biographic, through distortions of varying degree, to frankly surrealistic – and now this. And one final point: I’ve walked down this road many times but I cannot recall ever noticing this before. Lack of awareness on my part perhaps, or maybe it was just a combination of the right time of day and the light on this occasion.

Click on the image for a higher quality enlargement – well worth it.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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18 Responses to Geometric patterning

  1. Dina says:

    You are right, it looks really good and even better in the larger version! Stunning work.
    Sometimes it’s useful to enclose this reminder. 🙂
    Warm greetings from Norway. x

  2. hmunro says:

    This is indeed a most arresting and unusual reflection. It’s proof that even a familiar, oft-visited road can yield new vistas if we’re aware and alert. Nicely shot, Andy!

  3. paula graham says:

    Truly amazing, well seen and yes, it is often worth visiting a place of interest at a different hour to see what the light is giving you, if possible.

  4. oneowner says:

    The window reflection shots are among my favorite. This is really very nice!

  5. shoreacres says:

    I knew moiré only as a fabric. How interesting to find that physics and mathematics borrowed the word from that world.

    At first glance, these reflections reminded me of rolls of wire fencing: particularly, the old-fashioned kind made of woven squares. When we were kids, we used to look through the “holes” and describe what we saw in each little world to one another. Now that I think of it, what we were doing wasn’t much different than framing a photo. You certainly framed this one well. Isn’t it fun to think that a given photo will never be — can never be — duplicated?

    • LensScaper says:

      I always enjoy your comments, Linda. Thank you again. I guess the place I have seen moiré patterns the most is on TV screens when a fabric worn by a newsreader or other person ‘argues’ with the TV lines. It doesn’t happen so much these days of HD TV.

  6. seekraz says:

    Excellent capture, Andy….good eye. 🙂

  7. You? Not notice something like this? Nah. Things just fell into this configuration this one time, and you were there. 🙂 Love this image.

  8. This is almost surreal and so beautiful. Amazing how the glasses bend the reflected world into something completely new. It’s when you look at a photo like this you understand why glass is physically more like liquid than solid matter.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you Otto. You are so right. Pilkington perfected Flat Glass, but I’m so grateful that a lot of the glass used in building construction is anything but flat and the tensioning of it in place creates these wonderful ripples in the surface of buildings and windows.

  9. bluebrightly says:

    Another beautiful reflection in windows. I like that the two windows on the far right do not have reflections – that is perfect.

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