Metaphors in oak: my Images of Research entry for 2018

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The Annual University of Northampton “Images of Research” competition has been running for 5 years and this year’s event has seen a bumper entry of 38 images with accompanying text in fewer than 150 words (including one from our Vice Chancellor).

I think that I’ve entered an image every year – this is from 2016 – and you can see my entry from this year above.ย  It’s called “Metaphors in oak” and here’s my 150 words – perhaps a little fanciful in retrospect, but it’s what the photo said to me at the time:

“This photograph was taken on a recent field trip to Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. I was drawn to the colours and textures of this fallen oak branch as a piece of natural art, but also to its ecological significance. The bark has been attacked by insects then decomposed by fungi and bacteria, leaving behind the wooden core of the branch, which has subsequently been colonised by lichens and mosses. Decay, recycling, colonisation, biodiversity: fundamental ecological patterns and processes. But, with a little imagination, there are also metaphors for research to be seen in this picture. The growth patterns of the wood seem to flow, and in it we can envision a journey of both smooth waters and turbulent times. The diversity of organisms captured in the image reminds us of the varied experiences we can expect during research, not all positive, but all adding to the colour and texture of our lives. What does this image say, and what metaphors does it reveal, to you?”

 

Here’s a link to the exhibition catalogue and to the online voting system – well worth browsing through to see the range and diversity of research being carried out at our university.

 

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7 responses to “Metaphors in oak: my Images of Research entry for 2018

  1. WPPDM

    Starry Night leaps to mind.

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  2. barbara allen

    My first thought was Van Goghs Starry Night….also reminiscent of you spiral
    observations!

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  3. Agreed – it immediately brought Van Gogh to mind, maybe created by DeepMind or some other neural network. The 150 word description adds extra dimensions of understanding. Much appreciate the flow metaphor.

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  4. STUNNING picture. As a woodworker I immediately think what a beautiful table or inlay for a table this would make. Darn…now I have to go make some sawdust from some reclaimed oak.

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