Friday, 25 May 2012

photographic abstraction #3

Welcome to the latest instalment in my series featuring photographs that are not of or about anything. They are merely ‘compositions’. Part #1 of this series featured photos that had nothing done to them apart from cropping to achieve the desired composition, while Part #2 included one photograph (Let There Be Light) where the effect I was trying for was achieved by cranking up the contrast.

This time, in addition to cropping, I have boosted the contrast in all these photographs, which I think has been very effective. What I like is that this process gives the pictures a ‘painted’ look. All four photos are of concrete objects, but I’d be surprised if anyone can identify all these objects without prompting from me. However, if you really are curious, just ask.

I pointed out in Part #1 that my attempts to create interesting images are inspired to some degree by abstract expressionism. I admire the paintings of Kandinsky and Pollock but am much less enthusiastic about the work of Rothko and de Kooning. To date, I’ve managed one photo that I’d like to think is a passable imitation of a Jackson Pollock drip painting, which I shall reserve for a later instalment, while Rainbow in the present collection does bear a passing resemblance to work by Clyfford Still.

As always, you are welcome to suggest alternative titles for these pictures.

skullduggery

UFOs

rainbow

a streetlight named desire

9 comments:

  1. These are quite nice, especially the blue UFOs. Its amazing what you can do with a bit of technology these days.
    I'm the curious one. What are they? please.

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    1. I’m not sure whether you’re asking about UFOs Rum, or about all the pictures, but UFOs is a photograph of lenticular clouds over my home town in the UK (Penrith, in Cumbria). I’ll hold off identifying the other three for the moment to give other visitors a chance to guess what they might be about.

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  2. Very cool, Dennis! I like the abstract nature and could easily see one of these on someone's wall. Off to check out the others!

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    1. Thank you Janene. They could very well end up on my wall.

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  3. The streetlight one looks like the skin of the world is opening and sucking us into another dimension! Very cool images!

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    1. Thank you for that Melody. You’ve hit on one of the main ideas behind the creation of these pictures: to stimulate the viewer’s imagination.

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  4. Love these photos... so artistic and unusual =)))

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