Day 171: Something Beautiful—Belleza Classica

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year. Color is intense. Color is profound. Color is, in itself, magnificent. Alone it can mask and disguise that which it inhabits. So entirely does color distract that designers strip it from layouts and identity marks to see if the design can stand on its own merit. Black and white reduces an image to foundational elements — composition, contrast, line, shape, repetition —those elements that help direct focus and attention. The scene from a Central Park bridge illustrates the power of interesting shapes, exquisite line, formidable contrast, and the fascinating detail and allure of repetition. Classic beauty. Belleza classica.

Detail of end of bridge railing and railing post, HAER, NY,31-NEYO,153D-4 Central Park Bridges, Bridge No. 27, Central Park, Southwest of Reservoir, New York City, New York County, NY. Date1984

Detail of end of bridge railing and railing post, HAER, NY,31-NEYO,153D-4 Central Park Bridges, Bridge No. 27, Central Park, Southwest of Reservoir, New York City, New York County, NY.
Date 1984

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About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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