One of my attempts at getting an abstract painterly effect with photography. This image is pretty much as shot with a bit of cropping and adjustment to the colour.
I made this shot at the National Trust Cragside property. One of the Trust volunteers was curious to know why I was taking a photograph of some wobbly glass. I found that switch off the autofocus helped get the effect you see here.
I also met a fellow photographer there. Aimee Wilson, I’d recommend a visit to her site www.imnotdisordered.co.uk
A bit of winter sunshine, taken in Greece.
I was drawn to the simplicity of the stark geometric shapes and reduced colour palette.
This is a block of flats, painted white to reflect the merciless heat of the sun, with a blue sun screen canopy on the top floor.
I thought about photoshopping the bushes that stick out from each floor, but they break up the brutality of the architecture and add interest. These distractions from the strong composition add interest that makes the viewer look longer.
The thought processes can flash through one’s mind – “I wonder what they are, Ah, herb bushes. Someone must look after them. A hint of humanity. I wonder what it’s like to live there…”
Composition is more than pure geometry, it gets engaging when our curiosity is linked to people, even in small ways.
I find producing these abstract pictures rather rewarding.
This is another one taken on my iPhone. It is a straight shot again, very little done in photoshop except for minor cropping.
This is part of the one square km series as this was taken within a small area.
Working within constraints of technology, time and space is something I find fascinating. I hope you do too.
Playing with my iPhone camera is still producing interesting pictures. I have a new rather powerful SLR camera to replace my last one and more pictures from that later, and probably musings on the technology fetish aspect of photographers.
In the meantime, it’s not really about the technology, rather about what you do with it that counts.
Stripping back photographs to a minimal essence is a rather rewarding and somehow meditative experience. It makes me think harder and I need that.
Again this one is a straight shot, apart from a little cropping. In case you wonder why these are cropped, we make cards from these and many others that you won’t see on the blog and we give them to friends. I’m not doing this to make money.
This is another straight shot (apart from minor cropping)
Taken with my iPhone. It was fascinating watching the way it struggled with the lighting conditions.
I like the mystery this photograph creates, what is it, how did he do that? For me it is one of those images you can lose yourself in. It is deliberately abstract. The objective reality and technical details are irrelevant.
See what you think:
It’s been a little while since my last post. I’ve been busy and had to replace my camera too. More of that later.
In the meantime I’ve a few iPhone pictures for you. All were taken in one small area of Manchester.
This is the first. No photoshop effects, straight shot apart from very slight cropping:
Another watery theme.
The way the image is broken up into myriad pieces makes the eye work harder to decypher the picture.
As mentioned in previous posts our perception filters are tuned to recognise the human form. here the brian has to work very hard to make sense of this image, however I’ll bet that most people will recognise the shape of a man in blue jeans.