There’s something odd about photography. It’s true that photographers can be thought to be a bit odd sometimes. That happens to some degree to everyone who follows something with a passion that others around them haven’t bought into. But I’m not talking about that kind of odd. When I say odd I mean the opposite of even.
When it comes to grouping elements in a photograph an odd number of items seem to work best. I don’t know why. Perhaps there is some deep psychological reason for it. Whatever! The end result is that when it comes to counting for photographers, you can do it with the digits of one hand. All you need to know is how to count one, three, five or many. Some photographers would even eliminate five.
I’ve illustrated this post with pictures of a Lady’s slipper orchid, but it doesn’t have to be a flower. The odd number of items thing seems to work with anything; flowers, birds, animals, boats – anything. In the case of Lady’s slipper orchid, for a long time in the UK a photographer only needed to count to one. Fortunately that’s no longer the case and the possibility is now here for photographers to go and do the full one, three, five or many thing, and celebrate our oddness.