Tuesday, June 8, 2010


06.08.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

My goal was to capture the blue goblet 'line--up,' but my eye also drifted to the linear pattern of the shutters and their reflections - all repetitive! My sight may seek an iterative pattern, but the mind (though finding comfort and beauty in the repetition) demands variety and challenge.

Most jobs require a certain number of routine tasks which are similar. Rote memorization of some concepts is an accepted and well-used 'learning' technique in education. Controlled performance does have its place...but without a tickling of the thought process and a stimulation of the cerebral cortex, the mind is truly wasted.

Sometimes I find our students are resistant to the projects which engage the creative thought process - seemingly to prefer being the vessel of teacher-fed content. It is as if their brains have been conditioned to expect rote learning (sometimes not much of surprise considering recent educational transformation conversations). It may be more likely the result of 'comfort level'. Finding a developmental process to move our 'brain training' to more challenge and less 'comfort' is a worthy goal. Naples, FL


  1. My favourite blue - I like the repetition but also the interesting designs made by the reflections of the shutters.
    Watched an animation of Daniel Pink's new ideas on drive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc&feature=youtube_gdata - It's that other stimulation - of taking control over one's learning and feeling progress and purpose. Too much of what is done in school doesn't really seem to have a purpose. That's what turns students off.

  2. LOVE this. The way the lines distort through the glass and the perspective are both so intriguing. There's this amazing balance between the repeated patterns and the distortion. Great!

  3. Such a rich, deep blue! Excellent shot!