This may be the start of something

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!

Look at the variation of color in this swirl. Each tile is different.

Accented in onyx. Like the tile, no two pieces are alike.

Love the angles the spacers created throughout the tiled wall.

16 responses to “This may be the start of something

  1. Wow! My fourth-grade teacher had our class do this (back in the days before digital photography, of course). We went on a “field trip” to a popular park, and we were encouraged to take photos of things close up that made them hard to identify. Once the film was developed, we all had to try to identify the origins each others’ photos. I’m a terrible photographer, but I still remember how much fun that was (my “prize” photo was of a car headlight up close). Your photos here are fantastic. I like the last one best (I’m sure none of us fourth-graders would ever have identified it).

    P.S. Is it any wonder that my fourth-grade teacher was one of my favorites?

    • I do too — more than I thought I would when I selected it. Amazing what a light colored tile can do to make a small room look larger. I suppose the color variation helps too.

  2. Cool photos and captions. Can’t wait to see what other abstracts you have to share.

    • There are a few others that I’ve done over the last 6 months. I should probably tag them — all of my tags should be better organized & more consistent — but like a lot of things, have to find the time.

  3. I think I like the last one the most – Abstract swirls will often arrange themselves into something that the human eye will identify as ‘pleasing’. But hard, specific angles – I think that’s trickier.

    • Thanks Gabriel. That is my favorite too — and the only one that I took trying to get an artful angle. The others are cropped from photos that were meant merely as documentation of the progress on the project.

  4. I especially love the first image. Great series. You’re developing a wonderful abstract eye. Have fun with it. Abstracts are everywhere. 🙂

    • Thanks, Terry. This was cropped from a larger image so you may be right about developing that “eye” — I certainly noticed it when I downloaded the pic.

  5. now you have me thinking about this subject.

  6. Abstract photography is amazing and fun! Very addictive, so be prepared!!! Have fun with it..

  7. I say go for it. Like the patterns.