At a mild level, it’s about being neat and tidy
The first thing that comes to mind when someone says ‘coincidence’ is that it’s rare and lucky. But coincidence doesn’t have to be significant; life is full of things happening at the same time and in the same place. While most of the visual coincidences I’m showing here are the main point of the photograph, at a simpler level just getting things to coincide and fit is part of framing and composition. Some of us care about it more than others, but taking a reasonable amount of care and paying attention to the graphics of an image is, or should be, one of our basic skills. Exercising normal compositional skills involves choosing a viewpoint, focal length and framing so as to make the most of some graphic connection that you’ve spotted. It draws its strength from the fact that the ‘graphics’ in any photo – meaning the arrangement of lines and shapes and how definite they are to the viewer – are in one sense a separate matter from the actual subjects and setting. The audience gets a form of satisfaction from seeing elements lining up that you might not have expected to.
A step to one side and waiting for the right moment brought a small but neat connection between the palm tree and this Indian farmer leading his cow to drink