Abstract: Weekly Photo Challenge
“Everywhere is something which could be beautiful…. Abstract, fine art, nature, landscape and portrait photography.”
This week Ben’s challenge invites us to explore the world of the abstract – representing known objects in a new way. There are times as a photographer when the shape and color of a subject becomes more interesting to the eye than the object itself. In the capture above I’ve reduced the reflection of the clouds on the water as it gently laps the shore to an image that (hopefully) invites further study by the viewer.
All good art is abstract in its structure.”
“You have to have time to be sorry for yourself to be a good Abstract Expressionist.”
Further exploring the idea of “air”, some Scottish grasses, perhaps barley, gently blowing in the breezes for which Scotland is so famous.
“To abstract in art is to separate certain fundamentals from irrelevant material which surrounds them.”
I loved the quote above by Ben Shahn. The creation of an abstract photograph allows the photographer to withdraw elements of a scene that appeal for many reasons in order to create something entirely new. One of my favorite captures, above, separated the water, grasses and tree trunks of our beautiful marsh from their larger environment. The abstraction showcases the age-old grandeur of the trees contrasted by the ethereal nature of the mosses and flowers around them.
“Abstract means literally to draw from or separate. In this sense every artist is abstract.”
Above, a composition of river rocks that drew my eye last summer in the Colorado mountains. The longer exposure highlights the sweep of the water as it pours over the rocks – reshaping the earth as it moves along its way.
Finally, an interesting note on last week’s post. I opened the post with a quote from Ken Poirot. Imagine my surprise when I noticed that Ken had seen and commented on the post as well as linked to it on his own site. It’s always interesting to see how far our thoughts and words travel as they make their way through the ethernet. You never know, do you?