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’The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts’ is a phrase that was originally attributed to the philosopher Aristotle.
Within this expression he addresses the concept of Synergy, and the power of ‘Emergence’, the understanding that when particular elements are bought together in a certain way, they can bring out something in each other that may not have been accessible, if not for the effect the parts can have on each other, and with each other, when combined …
In Aliquas Partes, I explore the idea that some of the parts of the whole can have a life of their own, and in all experiences, places and things, there is always some part, or perhaps many smaller parts, that are whole unto themselves, perfect in their own way, sufficient in their individuality, albeit that when combined with other parts they can contribute to an even greater experience!
Each final image is the result of my exploration into isolated aspects of a found place, with the deliberate intent to focus on colour, texture, shape or form. Each aspect illustrating a part of the full experience and aiming to bring greater awareness to the completeness of that individual characteristic, while at the same time it is in the company of other features of the whole experience.
Within this collection you will also find some of the parts, each presented as an extract, sourced from the full image, a part of the larger presentation, and yet complete in themselves. A further exploration of ‘Some of the Parts’!