Marja-Leena Rathje
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such beauty in patterns and light of shattered glass...

related: reflections in broken glass

Marja-Leena | 18/06/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures


Similar patterns to spiders' webs.

Beautiful, I've been seeing patterns and textures everywhere today, mostly in the various grasses on the green and the tiny cherries and swelling walnuts

Funny though, I watched a TV prog about making stained glass and was captivated, and seeing your pictures gave me endless ideas, as ever

Having had windshields succumb to stones and tree branches not so long ago. Two weeks in a row. So of course I got the magic windshield insurance and have had no problems since.

Oh! I gasped when the page first appeared...very powerful yet took some moments to move toward its edgy beauty. Fractal like.

Lucy, why, yes, that is true!

Mouse, thanks, I love the patterns and textures everywhere too. These are a little out of the ordinary from my daily experiences which invited me to record them with the camera. Stained glass in these patterns would be most striking.

Marly, how awful. When we lived in northern BC on the Alaska Highway, we constantly would get rocks thrown into our windshield so that insurance was a necessity back then.

Naomi, didn't mean to shock but glad you liked these in the end - fractal is a good term.

The patterns are beautiful but there is always something a bit shocking about the first sight shattered glass.

We once had a stained glass artist come and stay at our place in Vancouver years ago who taught us the rudiments of the craft. I wasn't particularly good facing the double danger of getting cut or burned by solder but a couple of people got very good at it. Cutting curves in glass is the most difficult thing to try.

Susan, the impact of seeing shattered glass might depend on the setting. Somehow when searching for images to photograph in a 'junk yard' I was immune to possible shock - perhaps not a good thing.

I had a friend long ago who also did stained glass work. She kept her hands well-protected!

You've been remarkably productive in my absence in France. I've read the others but I'll concentrate on this latest post. As well as its aesthetic potential it has techno-interest. The need to produce car windscreens that don't automatically behead drivers involved in collisions means that these damaged windows leave a permananent record of themselves instead of a handful of shards. (By the way your headline is one of many euphemisms used in the UK to describe being drunk; another more recent is "bladdered"; another which dates back to the time when newspapers could be sued for suggesting politicians had had one too many is the deliciously coded "tired and emotional").

The more durable windscreen is part of a trend in car manufacture which ensures car ruins last longer than they used to. With some manufacturers the body warranty is up to nine years. Which means you'll have plenty to photograph on into the third millennium. Cropping is surely the key quality in these photos. There is nothing more depressing than the remains of a car dumped on an empty lot. Yet by excluding the rest you have found gold - or is it silver? No need for flowers or pretty-pretty landscapes; your camera has become the philosopher's stone.

Must break off here. I haven't teased you once and you'll be getting the wrong ideas.

BB, I'm glad this has techno-interest for you so I could have the reward of a much-missed long comment from you. So now old and damaged cars never die and will fill even more graveyards, hopefully providing ever more parts to be recycled by shop-craftsmen like Richard?

And I didn't know about that euphemism, how amusing. I'm always surprised how innovative and locally varied these expressions are.

Yes, cropping and zooming in close to the subject is something I like to do when my focus is on textures and patterns. Thank you for the lovely compliment, without a tease this time, heh, both rare indeed from you, my friend.