A Visual Language of Patterns
Decoding Infinite Natural and Man-Made Worlds
by Nas S. Eftekhar M.D. FACS
I created this book to support the idea that visual pattern formations, in the natural and man-made worlds, are infinite. I believe that there are no visual limitations in the existence of patterns. The only limitation has been due to a lack of a comprehensive visual language to contemplate them, to describe them, or to have a shared discourse about them. I seek to provide a cross-sectional sample to fulfill this void for individuals interested in both discovering and enjoying the unlimited visual patterns in the real world.
In this book, the visual language describes some of the varieties of patterns as seen in the natural and man-made worlds. I have defined the word pattern as a creative configuration of elements (i.e., line, shape, form, texture, color, and light), which forms a visual theme. Each visual theme presented is alike but not identical and is displayed in a series of photographic images across four categories: animals, elements, plants, and man-made world.
By viewing and reading this book, I hope my fellow participants are encouraged to walk about and travel around, with the aim of seeking to find new patterns for themselves and to enjoy the beauty of them. Within this book, the visual patterns displayed are only a sampling of the diverse patterns that I found during my field trips as a photographer.
Lastly, I want to stress what I learned as an orthopedic surgeon by caring for many individuals, who had unfortunate and serious disabilities or injuries. That is, both the natural and man-made worlds must work together to restore an individual to an optimal state of functioning and a sense of hope for fullest recovery. Likewise, we need to maintain equilibriums between the natural and man-made worlds so that we can sustain healthy ecosystems on our planet, Earth for future generations.
This book is not sold for profit, but the base price reflects the cost for printing.
I have been an avid photographer since I received my first camera in 1952 as a high school graduation gift from my older brother. For over fifty-five years, I have combined photography with walking, hiking, and trekking worldwide in nature and man-made worlds. After my retirement, I attended lectures and workshops at the well-known International Center of Photography in NYC. Here I studied many aspects of photography, both in theory and practice. Now having more time for photography, I have established a permanent photographic exhibit at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, at Columbia University Hospital in New York City, NY. I also have had several exhibits in NJ and CT. In my retirement, this is the first book dedicated to exploring "A Visual Language of Patterns." Prior to this, I wrote four textbooks devoted to orthopedic surgery. Subsequently, during my retirement, I became increasingly interested in photographing the natural and man-made worlds around me.