Monday, 1 July 2013

photographic abstraction #7

This latest instalment in my abstract photography series features some new ideas and some old ones. As usual, the titles are merely what I see in the photos; you may have other ideas. However, I do have one caveat: an artist friend told me that he would have preferred not to have any titles, so that he would not be influenced when looking at the pictures. As you will see, I have not heeded his advice, but if you too prefer to look at these pictures without their titles, then clicking on the first photo will bring up a slide show.

Also as usual, I welcome suggestions for alternative titles, and I’d also be interested in hearing what you think these are actually photographs of. Some are fairly obvious, but I wonder if anyone can identify Geometry. Links to previous posts in the series are provided below.

other posts in this series
Photographic Abstraction
Photographic Abstraction #2
Photographic Abstraction #3
Photographic Abstraction #4
Photographic Abstraction #5
Photographic Abstraction #6

atlantis

boundaries

geometry

nocturne in black and gold

rivers of fire, rivers of ice

18 comments:

  1. The first picture looks as if the water is the actual sky and the yellow coil is hanging down from it.

    The nocturne photo looks like something has burst and all those black/yellow bits are now falling down from a height.

    The last one reminds me of a snowflake.

    And for some very odd reason (dodgy brain), the Geometry photo looks like a plastic transparent circular chair, if you are lying on the floor directly underneath and looking up at it. The curvy bit inside the circle is the part where you sit down. I must be going mad for true Dennis. I'm sure I'll see something totally different the next time I have a look.

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    1. Atlantis is indeed a reflection, as you suggest Rum. Nocturne... takes its name from a painting by James McNeill Whistler that was the subject of a famous libel trial in 1878. The subject of both paintings is similar. My wife recognized Geometry instantly, but she doesn’t think anyone else will. Good guess though!

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  2. Gorgeous! My favorite is "Boundaries." I have to say, I like the fact that you have titles. It adds another dimension. First, I see what I want to see, then I try to see what the artist sees. Sometimes they're two different things. Other times we're on the same page. Off to view more!

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    1. Thank you Janene. I agree that giving these pictures titles is part of the creative process, but I did take my friend’s comment on board (in case others might agree with him).

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  3. Dennis, another intriguing series with equally intriguing titles. I prefer to enjoy them as abstract compositions (if that's not a contradiction in terms)rather than guess what they might represent. But to be a sport, I'll guess that Atlantis is a reflection in sunlight of some sort of plant life in the water; "boundaries" looks like stones lying at the bottom of a stream or pond; I have no idea what Geometry is; I know Whistler's painting was of a fireworks display, so could that be the subject of your photo?; and "rivers of fire, rivers of ice" looks like a tiny white cloud superimposed upon the background of a brilliant, starry sky.

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    1. They’re intended as abstract compositions Marty, but readers have been trying to guess the original subject of earlier pics in this series. Atlantis is indeed a reflection (of what I can’t remember, although the photo was taken in the Causeway Bay typhoon shelter); check out The Mystery of the Holes to find out what Boundaries is a photo of (I haven’t solved the mystery yet); Nocturne... is a shot of the final explosion at the end of a string of exploding firecrackers!

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    2. I had assumed (wrongly) that Nocturne was of birds flocking.

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  4. Very interesting! It's amazing what we can see, if we only take the time to look.

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    1. It certainly is Pat. You didn’t say what you can see in the pictures though.

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  5. These abstractions look very alien-like. Very well done. I think texture is the word I'm looking for.

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    1. I found your comment in my spam folder, but it is very much appreciated. I believe that texture is an important component of a successful picture.

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  6. "Geometry" looks like spray-painted material of some sort, maybe viewed through the window of a vehicle.

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  7. Geometry: shadow of a glass table on a tiled floor?

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    1. Almost spot on! The floor is actually polished marble. My wife will be disappointed that someone has guessed correctly.

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  8. Hello Dennis. =) I like this collection. The last one looked like space, an oil painting of the stars of some sorts, the second to last looked like a meteorite that exploded into small pieces, the geometry one looked like someone stabbed Pac man, boundaries looks like when you're looking out from an airplane, and Atlantis, I saw the name by accident before I got a chance to try and guess....but Atlantis is very fitting for this photo.

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  9. Rivers of fire and rivers of ice looked like the stars and all the gases surrounding it, the second before last looked like a meteorite exploding into small pieces, geometry looked like Pac man being stabbed by his pac man, boundaries reminds of me of when your flying over small lakes 50, 000 feet up, and Atlantis I kind of saw the title before I could try and make a my own assumption but I like it...

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    1. I left both your comments in L.A., although I suspect that you thought the first one hadn’t been accepted somehow. With Nocturne in Black and Gold, the clue is in the name. It’s actually an exploding firecracker. And Boundaries is a lot of small lakes. Very small lakes (see The Mystery of the Holes. If you check out other posts in this series, you’ll see several pictures that have the same origin as Rivers of Fire, Rivers of Ice.

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