I like patterns.
I think life is made up of patterns, large and small, that often appear just beyond the blind spot, and require keen observation to make out clearly.
I realise I’m interested in patterns because they provide a simple way of organizing objects and events into a reassuring bigger picture. I live in an environment that I find exceedingly complex and discomforting – so much happens around me that sometimes I find it hard to take it all in at once.
So I try to break what I observe down into easily digestible bits.
Take 100 Ways To See… A Street (www.100waystosee.com), a conceptual art, street photography and urbanism project I’ve been working on since January 2012, wherein I play a detective and pattern-finder, scouring one street in Brooklyn to capture and document unobvious everyday details that make that street such a complex representation of life in New York City.
FOUND PATTERN (www.foundpattern.com) is an extension of 100 Ways To See, wherein I look at the world from macro-perspective (rather than a micro-perspective as in 100WTS), teasing out emergent patterns that have the potential to change the way we perform and negotiate our lives as cultural, social, economic and irretrievably urban creatures.
Because the world is changing rapidly, and we have to find some manageable way to evolve with it.