Walking back from Cameron's, that funky old book store on SW Third, and I spot this interesting leaf. It reminded me of an assignment I once gave the art directors at VCU, when I asked them to photograph an object in nature and then extract a design lesson from it.
The design lesson I get from this is how hierarchy and symmetry create order, and how contrast and complimentary colors attract attention. And something about context. The leaf was spotted on one of Chinatown's nastier sidewalks, which is what made me notice it in the first place.
As I was taking the photo, two young urban toughies walk by and one says to me, sort of tauntingly, You like that leaf? "I love it!" I told him.
At Cameron's I was looking for visual references for the OCH conversation thing I'm leading on Wednesday. I was looking for examples of how 1950s advertising created models that shaped our consuming habits, defined 'normal' behavior and helped build the post-war economy.
It will be interesting to see what role, if any, advertising plays in creating models and shaping behavior in the new economic age we are entering.