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Abstract Photography: Waves Thru Time

This week I’ve discovered that inner muse for the realm of abstract art.  As a photographer/artist, I feel that the use of abstract photography is often overlooked in the artistic world.

Consider that when you take a picture with your camera you want the subject of the picture to have a crystal clear focus. It is usually touted that an essential need for a great picture is a focused subject, proper lighting, and some form of action.  Obviously your lists of what makes up a good picture varies depending on your experience, your equipment and your artistic need.  Yet, these items remain essential for memorable photographs.

It should also come as no surprise that these essential items are also part of good art.   But let’s take a step further back and explore how abstract art breaks those important rules.

The abstract style in art and the ideal abstract form of photography begin with the same general goals.  Artists will sacrifice the subject clarity to evoke a sense of emotion. This clarity is either in the form of focus or perhaps even identification that feeds this sacrifice.  However, it’s the emotion that the work brings to the viewer that matters.   What makes this a joy and a nervous endeavor for the artist working with abstraction is the hope that the viewer of the piece will feel an emotional response to the work also.

Photography produces a unique form of abstract art.  Most pieces of abstract art you discover in a museum are paintings or sculptures. The artist renders or carves according to their whim to transform the blank canvas or rock into a quasi-identifiable or non-identifiable work.  Remember though, the need of the artist is to evoke the emotion the artist wants to discuss.  But with photography, the trick is to create a similar experience with something that is real and actually exists.

Such is the case with our new abstract work Waves Thru TimeThis work is a time-lapsed exposure of waves on a shoreline during a sunset.   Hidden throughout the work are subtle hints of pinks and oranges that highlight reflections the setting sun on the blue waters.

The picture is a unique look at the constant motion of waves and the subtle variations of blues, whites, pinks, and oranges, of a sunset over time.  A calming pattern of colors meant to dance across the picture in various highs and lows.

I hope you enjoyed this piece and would like to leave a comment below.

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Setting Quiet: Use of Abstract Photography


Setting Quiet is a new piece that I created on a whim.  I’ve made abstract art using a camera before with some success.  Unfortunately, the colors and the focus are often unusable.


When a piece does work, it usually falls within the realm of a macro photographic form.  This transpires to where the subject is so closely focused and cropped it becomes abstract in its own right.


Consider that abstraction in photography is about presenting an image and having it engineered in such a way as to evoke a viewer’s response without necessarily being able to guess what the subject of the picture was.  Normally, having a close focus or a very narrow aperture accomplishes this using photographic equipment.


But that is just part of the story of Setting Quiet, I was curious about what would happen if we dared to open the rule book and go rogue.  So, I generated an image that hyper focuses the subject in the opposite than normal way.  The result is Setting Quiet.


In this particular photographic work of art, the colors inspire you to relax.  Relaxation and reflection are the mission behind this photographic work.  It identifies with that time of the day that inspires us to take a step back, ignore our stresses for the day, and experience now.  The blurred lines of the central circle alter your perception of light to dark hues while satisfying any need for recognizable form.


While we cherish the brightness of the whites and purples, we slowly descend into a realm of phantasmal blues and darker hues.  A relaxing commentary meant to nurture enjoyment of the day as we spend it.

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Skyblue: Portrait of a Pondhawk

The amazing thing about walking around a pond is that you are never sure of what you will find.  Consider Skyblue, today’s piece of photographic art.  I thought that this beautifully blue colored insect was a piece of trash or even a strangely painted stick.


As I walked up to this dragonfly I immediately saw the potential for with this great piece of photographic art on a stretched canvas .   The discovery of this creature was so compelling because of the wonderful color of his body and the strange swirling effect of the green in his eyes.  The wings are also detailed, and seem to be a set of paper-thin wires.


I had never seen such a blue colored dragonfly and instantly decided that I needed to find out what this insect was.  Upon further research, I Googled it, I discovered that this dragonfly does not come without it’s own controversy.


Evidently, the science community has a small battle going on about what the proper name of this alluring insect is.  It appears that part of the scientists see this insect as an example of the Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly (Erythemis simplicicollis) as contrast to the Western Pondhawk  Dragonfly(Erythemis collacata), while another group counter that there is no such grouping of the species and that it should just be called the Common Pondhawk Dragonfly(Erythemis simplicicollis) .


Not to worry though, the Dragonfly Society of the Americas deems to recognize both classifications.


Of course it is no secret that dragonflies are the fastest insects around, some travel at more than 30+mph, and easily capture prey as big as they are.  In the insect world he is a cold-blooded killer.


I came to learn that Skyblue is a portrait of a male Pondhawk.  It seems the females are a green color while the males turn blue or blue with green. According to Bugguide, the males also have a secondary pair of genitalia.  Though honestly, I’m not to sure I want to know how they know that.  I just wanted his picture.


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The Art of a Texas Hayfield

I was sweating in 78° F weather in Dallas, Texas last week.  Today I’m freezing in a balmy 32°F with new terms in my vocabulary like cobblestone ice, thunder-sleet, and frozen fog.   Unusual?  These things happen in Texas.  It’s a sign that winter has started in a serious way.


Now some of the unlucky few whom have never seen the lands around Dallas or Fort Worth may ask yourselves how such a temperature difference can happen.   The answer lies in our location.   To the north and west of the metroplex you see a lot of what our picture Hay Fields of Texas shows.   There are no trees, no hills, in fact nothing that would stop one of the famous “Blue-Northerner” cold fronts that dip down from Canada.  This is an example of what the saying “In the middle of nowhere.” means


Indeed, Hay Fields in Texas is exactly that. This is a picture of a flat agricultural farm that grows hay feed for cattle or horses on the drifting southern edge of the Great Plains.   There is nothing but flat land and desolate lonely telephone poles.


Artistically, it’s not as barren as the view may suggest.  The flatness and straight line of the horizon elevates the impression of barren nothingness.  This line blends with the pale blue sky and the contrasting brown of the field.  The lines of the field, however, present an interesting pattern that serves to beautify the hayfield.  It’s shape short lines and black, white and tan patterns are out of the ordinary and motivate our eyes to study it closer.


Overall the sudden change in colors of sky to land and natural lines found in the image serve to inspire our curiosity.  What could be so flat?  Where could such a place be?  How can we as people surrounded by buildings and tress imagine some one actually living in such a strange place?


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A Day With A Blue Jay

After taking the picture of a blue jay feather on the ground, You walk around some bushes and down a slope to discover this cute creature.  At the time, you may believe that this bird was just a blue jay.  He looks like he was fighting with other blue jays.  Knowing that blue jays are rather territorial this doesn’t strike you as surprising. It’s that time of spring when mating and small hatchlings are beginning to fly about, and you have seen several small baby robins twittering about.

Be excited!  Who doesn’t love to take picture of cute animals and this little guy is simply perched on this low branch right next to you. He’ll spend most of his time checking you out and trying to decide if you’re a threat or just another creature walking by.  This is perfect!  You know the pictures are going to come out great.  You’ve already thought of a space in your office where he can show off your wall.

You notice his body feathers have a ruffled look to them.  His whole body highlighted by the bright sun,, which has revealed itself from behind the clouds and is shining in full force.  You stand still for a short time to watch your new feathery friend scurrying up and down the branches, looking at you, looking at the ground, and then back at you again.  He seems so agitated, but you think he would become an excellent work of art.  You slowly lift your camera and start taking his picture. Soon, he grows tired of you just looking at him with a large camera attached to your face and decides  to head off for more profitable trees.

It was then when a nice lady you met earlier that day, whom one could only describe as being one of those fine examples of a southern Texas belles with her broad brim spring hat and a quiet Texas accent , finds you to give some advice.   She and a friend of hers were wandering the gardens after visiting with you earlier and they discovered a mother blue jay with a tiny chick in a nest nearby.

Imagine your surprise when you discover that the frazzled male blue jay isn’t the victim of a recent fight.  He isn’t disheveled and ragged looking hopping from branch to branch ceaselessly because of his wounds.  Instead, he’s trying to find food constantly.  He’s a new father!

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