Feelings vs. facts. Originality vs. rationality. Right vs. left. There’s a theory that each hemisphere of our brain controls certain aspects of how we think and who we are. It suggests that each one of us has a more dominant hemisphere. Right-brainers are generally more creative and artistic, while left-brainers are analytical and logical. Of course, since the two sides are in such close proximity, there is always the possibility of a little cross over here and there.
In theory, I tend to be the classic left-brainer. So, when a new call for entries was announced and the theme was “Geometric by Design” I figured I had this one nailed. With degrees in mathematics and a career of writing computer code, plus a creative hobby like photography, I should have no problem with this one.
Yet, amid all the landscapes, portraits, flora and fauna that ‘righty’ spent hours creatively capturing and ‘lefty’ spent even more hours perfecting in Lightroom and Photoshop, nothing seemed to quite qualify as geometric. Were the two hemispheres of my brain incommunicado? On the one hand, I had creative images, on the other I had organized images. I basically had organized creative images but no creatively organized images. In other words, nothing that satisfied my left brain as being “Geometric by Design”.
Logically the only solution to this problem was to get righty and lefty to call a truce and collaborate. I needed something analytical yet artistic; methodically structured yet innovative. There was going to have to be a meeting of the minds.
In the wee hours of the morning my brain must be a little more evenly balanced, because I always manage to do my most rational yet inspired thinking around 3 am. So one night, during a brief episode of insomnia, my mind started to wander. As I lay in the darkness pondering this new dilemma, I began to envision some of my images in a more logical fashion. I saw them rearranged and projected in organized geometric patterns on the blank canvas of the ceiling above me. It wasn’t long before I realized what my mind’s eye had conjured up for what it truly was, something I hadn’t laid eyes on since I was a child – a kaleidoscope! Symmetrical reflections of colorful objects. Immediately left brain became intrigued and right brain was enthusiastic. One half of my head was busy engineering Photoshop techniques while the other was mentally perusing its library of favorite images in search of likely candidates.
It’s no surprise that I was up bright and early the next morning. With a common sense of purpose, both left and right hemispheres were now ready to combine forces and create symmetry out of chaos. I sat down at the computer and let them run the show. Right brain offered up her favorite images and watched in amazement as left brain transformed them into geometric wonders.
It was an inspiring mental workout, with synapses firing across the gaps. The joint effort equally fulfilling for both sides. I doubt that the results of this corroboration are any great works of art, but I can say that the enjoyment my entire brain had during the process was worth its weight in gold. Left and right reached across that great mental divide, shook hands, compromised, collaborated and came up with a solution that satisfied them both. Together they created colorful kaleidoscopic images out of bits of butterflies, bridges, autumn leaves and other random objects.
It just goes to show, that when opposing camps combine forces and communicate effectively the result can be a wonderfully unique perspective. Drawing from both our imagination and our intellect, we can take the best that each has to offer and design something that celebrates our own inner diversity. Despite all the personal struggles and conflicts we endure in our lives, it will always take both a left and right wing to fly.