or not. ‘Parallel lines,’ our old Maths teacher used to muse at high school, ‘never meet.’
All very well for him to say, when to the naked eye it’s blatantly obvious: that as parallel as (say) railway lines may be — the damned things do meet*, way off in the distance. (We never liked him anyway, except for most of the time—he could demonstrate that one equals two too, and no way could we fault it. Ya just gotta like someone who can do that.)
IT’S ONLY WHEN
we grow older and wiser and stuff that we work into the equation things like opticals and convergences—and then ancient math-men don’t seem so clever. Not much … if you look carefully at this image of a Great Work Of Art you may notice that imaginary lines drawn from many different points through others will all meet (theoretically) far far off in the distance, over to the right there. The Spouse (who is an artist) tells me that that point is known as a Vanishing Point; and artists use it for perspective. Wow.
NOT ONLY MECHANISTIC
constructs but in Nature, too. Sometimes it calls for a little imaginitis but if you squint a wee bit you can see lines drawing themselves along the beach and along the wet sand and the surf and the horizon and even the shades of the Alpy bits twixt sea and sky; all lines converging in the imagination somewhere over on the right there. Another VP, bless its innocent little soles (still unsure? Just mullet over …)
Serendipity guides our footsteps and we literally stumble into abandoned convergences simply awaiting demolition—
—such as this old abandoned Nurses Home at Invercargill Hospital. Once these cloisters echoed to the buzz of happy Angels Of Mercy rushing backwards and forwards under the eagle-beak of vinegar guzzling ancient matrons; alas, no more. Time and government ‘efficiencies’ have frozen them out …
(Yes, Little Virginia—those are ice crystals, and yes, they are converging … in three dimensions too, boom-boom!)
PS Clicking on any snap above should take you to a larger variant of that shot (good luck—and this is the last time I’ll use anything but the ‘classic’ mode for formatting a post). Sheesh!