POTD: Measures of Anonymity #9

Measures of Anonymity #9 Denver, Colorado 2012

There is a hint of individuality in this image; at least that’s the way I interpret the row of smaller windows down towards the bottom of the photo. It suggests that not everything or everybody inside the building is totally uniform, locked into the grid. Still it’s a bit of a depressing shot, in the same way that a jail cell door is depressing. This is also another image that, unless you know what it actually is, can be confusing because of the scale (or lack thereof). Is it a building, or a small lattice of some sort?]]>

7 thoughts on “POTD: Measures of Anonymity #9”

  1. Is this a closer view of #8? Staring at this rather fixedly kind of turns it into an optical illusion that moves. Very interesting! …. or is it my astigmatism?

    1. Yest it is a close-up of #8. I think a lot of these building images have an optical illusion quality. (But then I have astigmatism as well.) I keep thinking that with a little bit of photoshop tweaking I might be able to turn one into something quite “Escheresque.”

  2. Larry, Re “Escheresque” via Photoshop, try making a duplicate layer of the background & solarizing it. Then mask in/out parts of the original/solarized version. The reversal of tones this produces might help with the Escher effect! 🙂

    1. Kathy, interesting idea. I had been thinking along the lines of how one might reposition sections of an image to achieve effects similar to Escher’s staircases that start and end in the same place. With either approach I think the most difficult part would be to find the time to work on it, so Betty you might have to wait a while, maybe a long while! 🙁

  3. While Kathy has some very good, technical suggestions for “Escherizing” this photo that are worthy of the art, here’s my naive suggestion. While repetitive shapes may not be what you have in mind, I discovered quilter’s have a few tricks for making tesselations. I was fascinated enough to play around with several shapes just to satisfy my curiosity. I was surprised there was actually an organized approach for making the interlocking shapes… no surprise for a mathematician, I’m sure.

    1. Thanks Betty, another good suggestion to put in my “play with someday” file. I don’t know why but seeing the use of the technical term tesselation in association with the down-home skill of quilting seemed surprising at first–but it makes perfect sense!

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