A more perfect order

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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"The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect." - Paul Valery

Chairs rest upside down, aligned perfect. Backs spill down in radiating symmetry hovering above the floor like primitive wooden harps.

The rising yellow sun breaks through the day’s broad window to the east. Light paints the room in gold, reflects in high notes off draped metal.

Our world appears in constant flux, yet it somehow produces ordered designs. Our best efforts go to copying and embracing the order. The clean symmetry calms. It soothes. It ratifies an unconscious need, cooling like a calm vapory pool nestled in the depths of our psyche.

Our roaming photographer captured this image while working on a photo essay revolving around the Decatur Fire Hall. Rather than look to action, or chaos, to produce the shot, our photog allowed a symmetry of subtle details to orchestrate. The figure in the background adds life to the scene as Decatur Capt. Cliff Oates prepares breakfast.

The empty chairs tell the story of firefighters absent. The order explains our way of making sense, our way of making connections, in a chaotic world.

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