Square format macro photograph of a Black-eyed Susan and a fly
Platformer — 100mm | f/4 | ISO 200 | EXP 1/500

It’s funny how the mind recognizes patterns and builds associations. You’ll see, smell, or touch a thing and, boom, the mind’s eye reflexively retrieves a memory. Anytime my macro lens and I get low to go side-on with daisies or coneflowers familiar MIDI sounds of my youth start humming, and my brain renders a primordial 8-bit Mario jumping from mushroom platform to mushroom platform. You know? These guys. So here I am transforming an innocuous Black-eyed Susan chilling in my front yard into the digital joy of my youth; smooth, clean flower petal edges become jagged lines of a pixelated past. Brains, man.

How about you? Have any examples of when you see (smell or touch) a thing, and your mind works naturally to retrieve another?





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