I love abstracts. I don’t know how you feel about it, but abstracts are everywhere and can be seen in everything. Would you play with me today and show me some abstracts of your own?
I am not going to tell you what this is, but if you are really dying to know: look for the post titled “unusual” (There is a search bar on the right). This is Black&White Sunday photo challenge (in my case with a touch of colour too 😉 ) and you are invited to post your photos and link to this post. Happy Sunday and the week ahead!
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To quote today’s challenger Suzanne: “Sometimes it can be relief to take time out and let go of the urge to make sense of what is seen – to focus instead on the act of seeing rather than the intellectual processes of naming and analysing what is being seen.”
This is the Thursday’s Special with the theme “Abstract”. Make sure to visit the Guest challenger’s post and please don’t forget to leave links to your own abstracts.
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I’m very happy to be writing the guest post for Paula’s Photo Challenge this week. The subject I’ve chosen is abstract photography.
The contemporary world is filled with visual stimulation that demands we pay attention and engage with it in some way. Sometimes it can be relief to take time out and let go of the urge to make sense of what is seen – to focus instead on the act of seeing rather than the intellectual processes of naming and analysing what is being seen.
Taking photographs in such a reflective and abstracted state can produce images that become suggestions of environments and moods rather than concrete descriptions of the visual worlds. The viewer is then free to create their own interpretation and the image can become a metaphor.
In the photos of salt lakes that I took last week I experimented with the idea of photographic images as metaphors for openness and timelessness.
Photos of the play of light on water and of distorted reflections can become abstracted images that are ambiguous and fluid.
Abstract photography is not restricted to images of the natural environment. Street lights, fireworks and the world seen through rain splattered windows are time honoured subjects but really the limits are those of your own imagination. It’s all about experimenting and having fun.
Not long ago I posted this same photo in B&W. Many of you thought it was a rose, but the object I photographed is rosette-shaped selenite gypsum that can be found in the deserts of Morocco and Algeria. Owing to its appearance, it is popularly called a desert rose. It is born in a process of moisture condensation when selenite huddles together and creates a mass that is subjected to the elements around it, and through sand and wind erosion.
The etymology of the word selenite shows that it came from Middle English selinete, from Latin selenites i.e. from Greek selēnitēs (lithos), which literally means moonstone or stone of the moon, from selēnē (Moon). The ancients used to believe that certain transparent crystals waxed and waned with the moon. In Greek mythology “Selene” is known as the goddess of the moon.
Selenite gypsum is a stone of the mind, said to bring mental ability and clarity, as well as perception of all kinds, including intuitive perception. It is used in crystal healing to quiet worries and still the mind from distractions and disruptions.
The above abstract does not show the true colour of the desert rose; desert roses take on the colour of the sand because selenite is a fibrous mineral and fine sand becomes trapped between the fibres as it crystallizes. When I did the colour editing on this photo I thought it would be fun to make it look like kale.
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**About Thursday’s Special: It is a new ‘non-challenge’ challenge that appeals to bloggers eager to wake up their creativity and show their own ideas and interpretation of the world. I invite everybody interested to join in. There are no themes, titles and techniques set for your expression, there are no limits and restrictions (no red tape whatsoever). The only thing required is to post a photo post on Thursdays entitled “Thursday’s Special: (your theme/title)” (as explained in my Thursday’s Special introductory post), to provide a link to my Thursday’s Special post, and to leave a link to your post in the comments section of my post. If you like Thursday’s Special widget, feel free to grab it and post it on your blog.
Check out inspiring entries for Thursday’s Special: