The Fibonacci spiral has been placed on top of it to show just why its elements cohere so satisfyingly. Starting with one added to one, if you add each number in a series to the one preceding it you create the Fibonacci sequence, whose beautifully exponential growth can be transposed on to everything from the arrangements of petals in flowers to cauliflowers. Here, the violence spirals exponentially outward from the focal point of the fight up to the reddened face of the man at the top of the image; in another brawl image, at the top of this article, the spiral similarly flows around the image to the shiny-suited politico grappling in the middle.
Renaissance painters used this ‘Golden Ratio’ to arrange the elements in the most biologically pleasing – and therefore divinely anointed – order. Take Michelangelo’s depiction of Adam on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, where the ratio helps place the crucial finger of God.
Another example of ‘Accidental Renaissance’ is this Associated Press image of Frank Lampard suggested by Dan Sully.