I’m back on the air (fingers crossed!) and way behind! I hope you’ve all had a splendid week?
Sonel’s Black and White challenge last week called for abstractions. I’m no Picasso, but I do favour viewing the world with one crooked eye, and though I had no internet connection for much of the last week, that didn’t stop me playing with some of my more experimental photographs of Venice (and by extension, water), and elephants and a couple of flowers – to see whether I could muster some images that “denoted an idea, quality, or state rather than a concrete object”.
It was fascinating – thrilling, really – to see the metamorphosis of an idea by simply converting a photograph into black and white and then subjecting it to a little judicious cropping. When I converted and cropped this shot, for instance, what had been a disappointing (failed) experiment suddenly turned into the quintessence of my memories of Venice:
They say that photography is all about light and shadow – I’d add that the creation of photographic abstractions is doubly so – that, and exaggerated magnification, sometimes, or wilful cropping.
I had so much fun I thought I’d add a gallery:
Consider these flowers – manipulated to an exaggerated degree – and thus also fulfilling (last) Sunday’s Stills “Photoshopped” challenge: