Tuesday, 1 July 2014

photographic abstraction #11

When selecting the images for this series, I have a few favourite motifs that reappear regularly. For example, Slipstream in the present collection is a small oil slick, the first new image of this type that I’ve been able to capture in more than two years. All other photographs of oil slicks in this series were taken during a short period when someone with a car that must have been leaking serious quantities of oil left these marks around my village.

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun and The Blob are recognizably concrete images, but I would be very surprised if anyone can identify what Slime #1 was originally, although the title does provide a clue. Islands in the Stream is another difficult one to identify: the original image was so unusual that I’d never seen anything like it before.

Of course, what these images were originally is irrelevant to what they are now, but if you like solving puzzles, you might like to try to determine where I obtained Slime #1 and Islands in the Stream.

slime #1

islands in the stream

set the controls for the heart of the sun


the blob

other posts in this series
Photographic Abstraction
Photographic Abstraction #2
Photographic Abstraction #3
Photographic Abstraction #4
Photographic Abstraction #5
Photographic Abstraction #6
Photographic Abstraction #7
Photographic Abstraction #8
Photographic Abstraction #9
Photographic Abstraction #10


  1. 1 Revenge of the mutant seaweed
    2 Teddy bear chain saw massacre
    3 Man finally discovers that the universe is nothing more that a giant waste paper basket after all
    4 Pavement artist's 'jellyfish' period
    5 As farts go, it was up there with the best of them

    1. Imagination running away there Keith. Mind you, I did think, like you, that the last one represented some kind of violent expulsion of gas!

  2. Hi Dennis,
    I recently told someone my daughter had a vivid imagination. He deadpanned me and said 'Now I wonder where she could have got that from
    The problem is, whereas some people have problems 'thinking outside the box', I have great difficulty thinking within it :)
    So it wasn't a teddy bear chain saw massacre then?

    1. I know what you mean Keith. I’ve been pondering whether to post an account of a major police incident that I sparked off back in Hong Kong a few months ago, when I thought a break-in was in progress at one of my neighbours (I was mistaken).

      By the way, I didn’t say it wasn't the aftermath of a psychotic attack on a bunch of innocent teddy bears. I can neither confirm nor deny that such a massacre took place.

  3. 'Through the microscope' looks a bit like a space nebula

    1. If you think that Through the Microscope looks like an interstellar gas cloud, then I fear that your imagination is wildly out of control.

  4. It has been so for years Dennis :)
    The fool on the hill sees the sun going down and the eyes in his head see the world spinning round...
    Have you ever noticed the spookiness of the music played in 'Teddy Bear's Picnic?
    I put it all down to being mentally scarred after reading about 'Noddy and the Golliwogs' at such a tender age
    Enid Blyton has a lot to answer for...

    1. But Big Ears came to the rescue Keith, and those naughty Golliwogs were all arrested by Mr Plod. Safely reassuring for impressionable minds. I’m surprised at you Keith! Reading a middle-class moralizer like Enid Blyton.

    2. tt is not something I am proud of Denis. However I was only six years old at the time and indeed had only just joined the Young Communists Party.

    3. Joining the Young Communists at the age of six Keith? Stalin must still have been in charge, although I would have preferred his fairy stories to those of Enid Blyton, even at that age.

  5. http://i778.photobucket.com/albums/yy63/TheNightShift/nebula_zps403de84a.jpg?t=1404921974

    To prove a point, my dog failed to pick out the non-nebula ! :)


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