Years ago I read that we need the fractal nature of the natural world for our mental health. The argument, as I recall, was that our brains evolved in the complexity of the natural environment and need more stimulation than they get from the clean, straight lines that dominate our current built environment. An interesting proposition, no?
I have a hunch it was a Steven Pinker proposition, but when I tried to find it again I failed, so it’s only a hunch, not a definitive attribution.
Anyway, I like to live in the city but feel better with regular doses of the outdoors, so I was amused to find my attention drawn to the built environment on my latest trip to those very outdoors in Waterton Lakes National Park.
Mindful of the injunction to remove the extraneous from the frame, I tried different approaches to framing the water tower:
- Including the trees that survived a devastating 2017 wildfire, thereby picking up the same colour in the background
- Contrasting its relatively fragile construction with the hulking mountain behind it
- Stripping away everything but the structure itself