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THE PURPOSE OF THESE IMAGES IS TO GIVE AN INSIGHT INTO WHAT TRIGGERS IDEAS IN MY MIND - IT COULD BE THE LITERAL INTERPRETATION OF A TANGIBLE OBJECT, OR AN EMOTION THAT IS EVOKED BY IT. ALL THESE PHOTOGRAPHS WERE TAKEN DURING MY FREQUENT WALKS IN THE MOUNTAINS, OR AT THE COAST - OR IN MY GARDEN, RIGHT OUTSIDE MY STUDIO DOOR.

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This is the brim of a favourite hand-made hat of mine. I love the way it fans out in an organic manner, but makes a perfectly flat plane. Much time and care has been taken to make this hat, which has ensured that its beauty has lasted many years.

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The way these bricks have been stacked creates a pattern that has some constants (horizontal lines) combined with random vertical and diagonal lines. It could be an ancient text which I am not able to decipher. The subtle variation in colour makes the black lines of the gaps between them come alive.

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The patterns that appear in sand that has been blown by wind or washed by water have always fascinated me - the way the lines form non-repetitive patterns that are always unique and ever-changing.

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Water ripples are so variable, but always interesting: a fluid lens that contorts shafts of light. At times lively and animated or soothing, mesmerising or cruel and cold - water ripples can express many different emotions, but never the same one for long.

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This soft coral washed up on the beach has a similar growth pattern to the hat's brim - it too has fanned out in an organic, but highly efficient way. Geometric and natural - again: two opposite factors coming together that enhance rather than detract from one another.

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Sea anemones - purely as a form they intrigue, with their dangerous beauty. Everything in a rock-pool is camouflaged in order to survive, so one sees unexpected splashes of shocking pink, safety orange or a thousand subtle shades of mauve.

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Apart from the warm colour of this vine leaf, the network of veins so perfectly reaching every microscopic cell, delivering nutrients and water, remind me that it is best to combine seemingly opposite outlooks - strict mathematical formulae and fluid intuition to achieve the highest level of aesthetic efficiency.

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These multi-coloured spheres remind me to not take everything too seriously. They have fallen by chance this way or that, and if they had fallen any other way they would be just as interesting - a reminder to keep open to the possibilities that chance can present.

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Fern leaves fascinate me - their growth pattern is so rigid, often repeating itself on a different scale on the same plant. There is something optimistic about a fern frond about to unfurl, trusting that the right amount of nutrients, water and light will be waiting for it.

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These mushrooms are being sliced in preparation for drying out. When slicing through them, tonal variations and shapes are revealed that one would not expect from a mushroom - it is a good reminder that all objects have a completely different angle that may not be apparent at first.

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Water ripples are so variable, but always interesting: a fluid lens that contorts shafts of light. At times lively and animated or soothing, mesmerising or cruel and cold - water ripples can express many different emotions, but never the same one for long.

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Crisp sharp leaves and stems emerge from black mud. Reeds can look regimented and unified in a constant wind, or ruffled in disarray by variable gusts. Although very strong, they register the weight of a small bird.