Balcony | Bull Shoals, AR | 2016

Ponder the shape of the world and you’ll discover the S-curve everywhere. Roads, rivers, staircases, noodles on a plate. One theory claims humans find the S-curve pleasing due to its balance and symmetry. Another asserts it mimics the female form, so what’s not to like? The shape is often the result of form following function — the smoothest route around obstacles (highways and veins) or a method to slow action (water slides). In this case, the S-curve’s sister form, the zig-zag, added visual interest to a balcony and forced crowds of sightseers to break into smaller groups. The flat railing also gave me a spot to set down my hot dog and Coke.