Simplicity is refuge for the Complex.

by Charles Stirton July. 30, 2007 5219 views

A day out in Bath England

Today's collection is inspired by a quotation I read in a comment by Taifallos on Artbug's July 31 posting. The quotation was by Oscar Wild
Simplicity is refuge for the Complex. I have absolutely no idea what it means but somehow it subliminally determined the photos I have chosen today. Most were photographed yesterday in Bath.

3 quotations by Leonardo Da Vinci
1. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
2. There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.
3. Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art

Here is a short French video for Artbug who felt a bit down lately. It is called The Little Things [].

1.I spy with my little eye, someone beginning with …..

2. The absence of something that gives utility.

3. Moving is easy, staying is harder..

4. Designer rubbish.

5. Falling angel.

6. Bought or home-made.

7. Let it all hang out.

8. Classical busker.

9. The Iron man.

10. All roads lead to Austria from Bath.

11. Spectral watering.

12. They watch us daily.

13. A flight of jewellery.

14. Three for Two.

15. Somewhere there is a fairy tale I belong to.

16. Pavement flora.

17. Photoshop eraser.

18. I pass him every day.

19. A metaphor for planning in Bath: Away with the old and in with the new.

20. Basement for a beautiful woman.

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Tisha Dr 9 years, 9 months ago

The reflection with the eye is brilliant.

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Charles Stirton 9 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for your insight [b]Eidea[/b]. Part of my answer would be to reflect on tomorrow's entry on [b]The Encyclopaedia of Stupidity[/b] where Matthijs van Boxcel says that stupidity is the mystical foundation of our existence (Read his book to see why!) and that simplicity creates the best stupidity and so better wisdom Think of it as a photograph. If you cut a corner of the above image you could magnify it to the same size but it will no longer match the original image but will be an enlargement of the corner only. But if the image were a holographic image the corner would recreate the entire image again if enlarged, even over many iterations with gradually decreasing clarity.

The simple in the complex is like a mandelbrot which is a complex design composed of iterating nested simplicities. [url=][b]See and try it for yourself.[/b][/url] Now that is food for thought!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Stormfish 9 years, 10 months ago

that's quite a sentence, you know... but it's also typical oscar wilde, the bloke that never got tired to twist and turn every term until it meant nothing anymore (classical dandy behavior).

i don't understand it fully myself, but i guess simplicity IS somehow an illusion, a necessary model of the complex reality. it doesn't change the complexity of reality to try to understand it by modeling it in a simpler version. hence, all the patterns we see and find so compelling in our perceptional domains.

maybe it's US HUMANS who are simple minds. no matter how complex we think we can be as intellectuals, simplicity is what makes us happy puppies. ;-)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Txerra Cirbiã¡N 9 years, 10 months ago

Very nice! M'agraden molt, sobre tot "the iron man", ha, ha, ha!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Michelle 9 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful set!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
K 9 years, 10 months ago

interesting shots, I like n°2

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Magpy 9 years, 10 months ago

neat set

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Lynda 9 years, 10 months ago

I love your view of Bath. Love the shoes??all of them

Henry Thoreau
Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Christine 9 years, 10 months ago

You made an enchanted world of your daily life.
I think I shall look more closely to the "wild" things I
see on my way

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Chris 9 years, 10 months ago

thats a great set ! And i realy like the effect with eye on firt pict. Well Done! :)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Lisa 9 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful post! So much to see and choose from. So many colors to please the eye. :)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sherij 9 years, 10 months ago

Very cool...

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Richard S 9 years, 10 months ago

Nice diverse group of pictures. All so well spotted, you deffiently had your eyes wide open today. :)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Julia Gotz 9 years, 10 months ago

such an interesting, thought provoking set. Your humor is so fresh! and the pictures are exciting in their combinations. Designer rubbish. Photoshop eraser - those are my faves.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Krystyna Knypl 9 years, 10 months ago

p.s. comment to silke comment - ;)))

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Cherax 9 years, 10 months ago

You have a good eye - especially #1 (the pun is accidental, I swear!)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Silke 9 years, 10 months ago

Interesting set of your philosophy of life !!
Let me combine:
* You are a yoyeur (#1)
* You are a rubber (AND womens shoes!!)fetishist (#2 #20)
* You practise Bohemian life (#3)
* You are immoderate orderly (#6 #19)
* You don`t have washing lines (#7)
* ...because of #7 you urgently need additional income! (#8)
* Sometimes you run one's head against a wall (#9)
* You get hung up about size ( LOL !!) (# 17) and dream about double length !!!

Ok - I think I will stop now - to give your other friends a chance to comment your series!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited