Tuesday, 17 April 2012

photographic abstraction #2

The aesthetic raison d’être of the photographs in this post is defined in Photographic Abstraction, but briefly I believe that a photo doesn’t have to be of or about anything as long as it works as a composition. On the other hand, whether it does work is for the audience, not the creator, to judge.

As before, I’ve given the photos fanciful titles, which may or may not reflect the actual subject matter, although you are welcome to suggest alternatives. Also as before, there has been no fiddling with the original photos other than cropping to achieve the desired composition and, in the case of Let There Be Light, a slight increase in contrast.

starburst

reflections

wake of the flood

let there be light

16 comments:

  1. cool photos, dennis, and i agree that photos don't have to be about anything. was "let there be light" shot through a dimpled window?

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    1. No Kris. It was taken looking straight down from a footbridge across our local river at a reflection of the sun. The black region at the bottom of the photo is a reflection of the underside of the bridge, and the distortion is the result of a disturbed water surface.

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  2. Dennis, you explain your aesthetic very well, and your photos are pleasing to look at, which I suppose would be my aesthetic criterion.

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    1. Mine too NP. That they are pleasing to look at is their sole raison d’être.

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  3. Dennis, can you see what I see in Reflections? It looks like a fish god staring up! There he is - head, eyes, nose, mouth (slightly turned down), neck and shoulders. :-)

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    1. I see him (it?) Ana, although from a Chinese perspective it would be a fish demon, not a god. And the eyes face forward. It could be half fish, half human!

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  4. Great pictures and im enjoying your blog. Can't wait to read more about your stays in the lake district. I bet there are some colorful characters there!

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    1. Thank you Anon. I’ll be back in the Lake District in June, so look out for more tales from Lakeland during the summer. Have you read A Wet Day in Buttermere? Reflections (above) was taken at the same time.

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  5. Dear, Dennis Hodgson. I like the unusual photos and these are very nice, indeed. It would be interesting to know how did you manage to get the shot "starburst" and "wake of the flood"? Thank you in advance for the answers

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    1. Glad you like them Lesya. Starburst is a reflection of the sun on our local river, taken from a footbridge at an angle of about 45 degrees. Wake of the Flood is what happened one morning when I overfilled my cafetière. When I inserted the plunger, a small amount of coffee gushed out onto the worktop, producing the pattern you see.

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  6. Thank you very much for the explanation. I'm looking forward to see new unusual photos. Best wishes

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    1. The thing about unusual photos is that they are, well, unusual, so I haven’t any more available at present that meet my required standard. However, you can be sure that I will be posting more like these when I do have suitable photos.

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  7. really like the second one, the impression is jumping between water and marble...:-)

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    1. Thank you Yun Yi. Water is such a wonderful surface for creating ‘impressions’.

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