When you take a closer look at nature, you will often find remarkable structures or patterns. And many of these have a resemblance with the objects that humans build. ‘Structure’ is a photographic study of this idea.
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Sri Pada is Sri Lanka’s second highest mountain. It is 2.243 meter high and gives an incredible view across the island. Sri Pada means ‘sacred footprint’. In the Buddhist tradition, this refers to the ‘footprint of the Buddha’, which according to the story, was left on the mountain by the Buddha when he visited the island for the third and last time. Therefore, the mountain is considered holy by the Sri Lankans and the walk up to the top as a pilgrimage.
Just after sunrise, the triangular shape of the mountain becomes visible due to the mountain’s shadow that is projected on the landscape by the sun. At the peak’s spot where this phenomenon can be viewed, a metal umbrella is placed. The resemblance of the shape of the metal umbrella and the mountain’s shadow is remarkable, and just asked to be captured.
A globule is the Latin word for a small spherical body. The water drops on the leave are such bodies that can be viewed so often on humid mornings.
The Salar de Uyuni is made of salt structures like this one. This salar, located in Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat. More than 65 million years ago, Bolivia was a sea that was connected to the Atlantic Ocean. During millions of years, the South American land was pushed up by the Nazca Plate. Because of this, today, the salt flat lies at an elevation of 3,656 meter above sea level. However, the Salar itself is what remains of a prehistoric lake, which existed around 40,000 years ago.
What I find fascinating about the salt structures and becomes clear through this image, is the resemblance that modern human building structures have with these salt structures.
The Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat. The flat’s surface consists of repeating patterns: pentagons and hexagons (five and six sided shapes). These are created through a geological phenomenon caused by the interaction of different elements.
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