Saturday, October 21, 2017

When is IV IIII?

Do you ever panic when you see the end of the movie scroll and you can't read the Roman Numerals?  Yesterday's clock tower in Kingston had Roman Numerals to mark the hours.  
  • Names of monarchs and popes use what is called regnal numbers which are Roman Numerals 
  • Generational suffixes - you could be John Smith VI
  • Year of production of films - and was the story goes was started by the BBC News "in an attempt to disguise the age of films or television programmes"
  • Hour marks on time pieces where the traditional IIII rather than IV is prevalent as in our picture yesterday
  • Buildings - the year of construction 
  • Page numbering of prefaces and introductions
  • Book Volumes and chapter numbers
  • Outlines that use numbers to show hierarchical relationships
  • Occurrences of a recurring grand event - none other than the Olympic Games
Then there are uses within specific disciplines - music, astronomy, chemistry, computing, theology, and so on.  It seems Roman Numerals show up in many places.

So we might be presented with the issue of how to represent zero.  It does not have its own Roman numeral.  And fractions seem to be complicated.  The Romans used a duodecimal system for fractions.  And then what did they do for large numbers? The system Apostrophes was developed for these. So while the system declined, it has remained with us in quite a few small ways.

Our Autumn pictures come from last year - there's little colour to see this year so far - the wind has swept many leaves away.  There was no show of colour as we drove down the road past Morningstar Mill at Decew Falls in St. Catharines.  Just down the road is Decew House where Laura Secord ended her 32 km walk from Queenston. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Surfacing Attention

Surfaces and Textures are an interesting theme for photography.  There are so many kinds of surface structures, details, shapes, and textures as the subject of the image. The photographer's task is to showcase the surface and texture itself.  
There are so many places to find these - everywhere - in the grain patterns of wood, the surface of stones, crystals of snow and ice, water, fabric, metal, leaves, sand, woven objects, clouds.  Included are urban decay surfaces such as rust and decay where scratches and dents create surface structure, texture, detail, and colour. Textures can occur at all level – including aerial photography and landscape views.
The types of surfaces and textures include: rough, ragged, gritty, bumpy, spiky, sharp, fuzzy, slimy, slick, slippery, smooth, soft, silky, scaly, coarse, burl, knot, slub, abrasive, scratchy, shaggy, bristly, prickly, spiny, thorny, burnished, glossy, polished, powdery, and fine grain.

So I went to two of my own portfolios to see what was there - Surfacing Attention and Nature's Impressions - and clipped the thumbnail image displays.  We see the array of surfaces and textures all around us.