23 March 2015
II. Post Processed in Mextures
Let me know which you prefer and why. Click on each image to enlarge.
Truly, any subject can be recreated as an abstraction. Take a discrete part of the whole, and a non-representational force emerges. Compose a sliver of this or that, and the image becomes something unlike the original.
What occurs is a calculated or random redefinition of the known into an unknown rendition. That slice of the whole defies the first encounter. In architecture it crops the subject into patterns of surfaces that are usually seen as alcoves, ceilings, doors, hallways, stairways, tiling, windows, exterior views, or… Areas unnoticed by the casual eye.
So why create an image that is unrecognizable? Out of context? Maybe it’s to seize intrigue and mystery that shows a new way of seeing the old. Maybe it shows a more interesting portion. Maybe it says so much more than the intact object. Maybe it’s a challenge to view a human innovation with fresh perspective.
Just maybe the new visual language is more enticing, more complex or more simple than the original. Or it does not have to be. It just may be a fleeting scenario that pleases the eye as a frozen moment of insight.
Maybe the reason is irrelevant. Maybe the final image is all that matters. Maybe it does matter. Maybe the impetus counts. In truth it’s all in the eye of the beholders.
In the Lens section are two parts: An original abstract image of a section of a barn door (which I discovered during a walk in a local preserve), and the same image post-processed.
My choice to select that portion of the barn door was intentional. That section reminded me of Abstract Expressionist paintings, art that swept through America in the 1950s-60s, and has never really completely dissipated.
The exposed wood, peeling paint and rusty areas played with color, form, line, space, and visual language in similar ways that those artists did and today’s artists continue to do. They also add an emotional response that very much inhabits what I see: an impulsive response to the visual universe.
Tip of the Week: For those of you who live in the southern California, there is an exhibition in Santa Monica called “Kaleidoscope: abstraction in architecture” that runs from now until 16 May, 2015. It is being held at the Christopher Grimes Gallery, and includes five of the artists that the gallery represents. The artists use various media, including photography, to interpret architectural features through abstraction. From the gallery’s website:
“Today, abstraction as an artistic strategy has reinvented itself for the 21st century, and the fragmentation of form is a common denominator within the majority of the works featured in this exhibition.”
The artists come from the United States, Brazil, Portugal, and Chile. Click here to view more about the show.
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If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:
1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.