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A Connemara Fractal

Currywongan, Connemara. Ian Pollard

This an annotated version of a piece recently published in matzine number five

A Connemara Fractal is a poetic and photographic documentation of a recent trip to Connemara. The title is connected to the writing of mathematician, visual artist and cartographer Tim Robinson. Specifically, the poem references Robinson’s similarly titled essay in which he examines the western coastline of Ireland from a perspective framed by a knowledge of fractal geometry. Exploring the self-similar nature of a coastline, one may realise that its length is in essence infinite, as measurements made with progressively smaller rulers would result in proportionally larger results.

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