Wednesday, January 13, 2010

365/12 The world tends towards chaos

365/12 The world tends towards chaos.

“It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order - and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order”

Douglas Hostadter

I was talking to a good friend this evening and the topic of a mindset that comes about from the act of creation. A zen-like quality. As she put it, "doing anything intricate that requires attention to detail but not really too much 'thinking'." For her, it's painting and drawing. For me, it's photography on the artistic side and problem solving/programming on the nerd side.

Some people see it as an insanity, focusing so much on a single affair, so focused that your senses are unable to perceive anything but what's infront of you. It's creativity. Taking the chaos and forming it, sometimes into more chaos, sometimes into order.

Like this building. You look at it and see trash in a corner, open walls, dirt and rock. These things are arranged with no apparent rhyme or reason. Yet, I look at this and I see bits and pieces coming together and taking shape. That scrap might be the remains of a wall that was just put up. That trash might be the leftover bits that form a room, a place for people to meet and stir up their own chaos within.

I've watched this building go up, floor by floor, wall by wall. They put the roof on recently. Terra cotta tile. There's quite a bit of detail to photograph in the construction process. I've walked past this point quite a few times in the past weeks. What kept drawing me back to this image was the regularity of the lines.


An order in the chaos.

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