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The Standout in a Crowd

Patterns are wonderful subjects for photography, but they are even better if the pattern is in some way broken. One of this week's assignments for The Art of Seeing is to photograph a broken pattern. I have three dozen wine glasses that I used pre-pandemic when I had parties. They haven't had any use during the past two years, so I put them into service for this assignement.

I tried a number of arrangements before I settled on what you see here. One requirement of a pattern is NOT to show the edges. In other words, the image needs to be captured in a way that implies it goes on forever. The standout in this pattern of bluewater wine glasses is obvious. This is the glass that commands your attention, much as a loudly dressed or loud-talking person might draw attention in a crowded room.

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