As most of you know I’ve been using snowflakes as a metaphor for everything becoming deeply personalized and “just right”. My dear friend Erik Duval and I have been writing and working on The Snowflake Effect for over ten years as we the exponentially growing transformation of our world from a society based on mass production ideals to one based on mass personalization. This continues to be the single biggest meta pattern and trend for the future I see.
But today I was struck by these photographs of real life snowflakes which Alexey Kljatov took by ingeniously flipping an old SLR lens and shooting the snowflakes with a simple point and shoot camera. The slide show includes some shots of his camera setup. In spite of the initial appearance that these snowflakes are so symmetrical, closer inspection reveals that while they do have many common elements of their crystalline structure, each one is actually very different.
I’m on my good ship Learnativity and currently floating in wonderfully warm Fiji (33C as I write) so snowflakes remain quite virtual for me, but for those of you in the Northern hemisphere where winter is rapidly approaching or perhaps already there, perhaps this will inspire you to try out this neat camera trick.
No matter your location or vocation I hope we will all take the time to live in life’s moments in large part by enjoying the awemazing examples which Mother Nature surrounds us with on a daily basis. And while we are at it, let’s be equally grateful that she created each one of us as a truly unique snowflake and that we are surrounded by over 7 billion other equally unique snowflakes!