Spontaneous symmetry

Cameraphones are great. I would say that wouldn’t I? But really, they are. Because you get much more spontaneity with images of everyday life than you would with a “proper” cam. And spontaneity brings with it a whole new world of observation that you wouldn’t get as readily if you had to take an expensive digicam out your pocket, take it out of it’s protective case, turn it on, wait for it to boot, hold it up, compose the frame, shoot, switch it off, put it back and get on with whatever you were doing.

Last year I took this picture from the top deck of the Route 79 bus as it wended it’s way down Preston Road towards Wembley. It was only when I reviewed it on my Flickr pages later that I noticed the geometric progression in the way in which people were standing at the bus stop.

This morning I noticed a similar sort of effect; admittedly less influenced by “psychology” but more an accidental symmetry in the way that people (including myself) were waiting to cross the road on Ealing Broadway as I had just gotten off the bus to make my way towards Ealing Broadway station for my train to Slough.

An accidental symmetry in the way people are waiting to cross the road.
(Taken with my cameraphone at a pedestrian crossing on Ealing Broadway, West London.)

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