Serendipity

Noun: ‘the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way’ (Oxford Languages).
Likenesses
Over the years I’ve found images or designs that bear a striking resemblance to pieces of my work. Do some of these suggest the existence of some kind of common appreciation for particular subjects or compositions? I don’t know, but I do find them intriguing.
Accidental juxtaposition
Juxtaposition, noun ‘the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side often to compare or contrast or to create an interesting effect’ (Merriam-Webster).
When two stories or events that have nothing to do with each other are viewed side-by-side, we tend to make connections.

A spread from The Guardian, February 25, 2023. Top left is a disturbing article that describes the consequences of allowing wildlife losses to continue unabated. The article is illustrated with a group of sad-looking seal pups gathered on a dreary stretch of beach that look as though they are appealing to us for help. In their choice of images, the editors use pathos and lack of colour to appeal to our emotions and prompt us to act. This image stretches across the gutter of the publication where it sits uncomfortably close to a brightly-coloured TUI advertisement. The advertisement is all smiles and sunshine. It shows an affectionate exchange between a mother and daughter playing in the surf on a tropical beach. They appear to be blissfully unaware of the cost to the environment of their flight to wherever it is (and equally unaware of the sad seals next to them on the page). But here’s the serendipity; the position of the mother is remarkably like that of a seal emerging from the water. Stretching forward, she appeals to her daughter for attention. The daughter is in a position to respond, but it’s not clear whether she will be sympathetic to the appeal or not. They’re engaged in playing a game while the seals face the stark reality of a bleak future. There’s a further bit of irony on this spread. Specsavers implore us to do ‘More seeing’!