canon of proportions (AMENDED) # 1-2 ~ Thinking inside the circle

hotel window view ~ Cherry Hill, NJ (embiggenable)

red berries ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - ItAP (embiggenable)

A few days ago I was contemplating da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, or, as it is sometimes called, the Canon of Proportions. It occurred to me that, while da Vinci's drawing was his solution to the Vitruvian Man problem (which had eluded mathematicians and geometricians for almost 2000 years) - how does the human body fit into both a circle and a square? - the circle and the square play a big part in my picture making idealogy ....

.... to wit, all lenses project a circular image which, in the particulars of making a picture, is then cropped by the frame imposed upon a light sensitive substrate by a camera's given format. In my case, that format is a square and the square is integral to my way of seeing.

Consequently, in my Canon of Proportions, my square is extracted from the center of a circle - da Vinci had to offset his square to find his solution - for the "perfect" proportions which best suit my eye and sensibilities. So, here I am again making pictures about the medium of photography and its (non-gear) apparatus.