Channelled Chaos

As we walk through our towns and cities, we often stop observing our surroundings, usually because the journey has become routine or mundane. We can amble along, simply channelled by the physical boundaries of roads, walls and barriers, until we reach our destination - on auto pilot. We see nothing because we think there is nothing to see. However, just occasionally, if we deliberately take time and look closely at the apparently bland surfaces surrounding us, we can start to pick out and isolate the textures, shapes, colours and patterns within them. With that in mind, this particular visual journey began when I started doing just that. The original series (in black and white) was started in 1987, while at university. It was about that time I read an article on "Chaos Theory" (maths...I know...but I must confess I loved maths at high school - even quadratic equations!) It struck me how apt the theory was - at least in part - to what I was visually exploring. The main precept behind "Chaos Theory" is the underlying notion of small occurrences significantly affecting the outcomes of seemingly unrelated events. Also referred to "non-linear dynamics". Go on try it...

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