This year, I began to shoot abstracts. It seemed a likely step as I’ve always liked close-up shots that force the viewer to look at something they may see all the time in a different way by only looking at one part of it. In a similar manner, although not limited to macro work, an abstract can go beyond coaxing the viewer to look at a source object differently because the object itself is no longer recognizable. The abstract simply exists “as-is“. Yet, when you learn the source of the image, it can work in the same way as a macro shot of a flower petal may prompt you to consider the entire bloom by forcing you to consider the source. Other images just work because of the play of textures, colors and shapes.
I’ve been taking photos this week of a reconstruction project going on in my house: the demolition and rebuild of a shower & adjoining room. As I have nightly, after the workers are gone, I’ve headed into the shower area to capture the work in progress. Tonight, it occurred to me that I may find myself snapping away in the shower once this project it completed because the patterns on the tile are so interesting. I’ll just need to remember: no water, please!