Photo Lab 49: Abstraction

I am playing with Prairie Jill and Miriam. We are working our way through Steve Sonheim’s photography book(Creative-Photography-Lab-Self-Expression-Mixed-Media), lab by lab.

This week’s lab was “Abstraction”. The idea was to build an abstract image by gathering a collection of objects and then photographing them to remove representational clues OR to shoot a photograph looking at an object only in terms of line, shape, color, texture etc.

Instead of gathering objects to photograph together, I gathered 3 photographs of objects: lights on my modem, a mannequin’s head that was modeling a woollen hat and finally some icicles hanging down from an eavestrough. I layered them all together(using the app Superimpose) and then added some filters and textures in the app DistressedFX:

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I have no idea what some of the highlighted reds in this abstract are from!!! Cool that they showed up due to the abstract process.

For the next 2 abstracts, I photographed subjects just for their line/shape/colour/texture.

The first is a close-up of an African Violet leaf photographed against a window(modified in PSE using hue and saturation adjustment layers):

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I love this abstract of the leaf…it reminds me of the desert mountain range that Georgia O’Keefe liked to paint.

The second is a highly-cropped close-up of a silhouetted man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses(also modified in PSE):


This is maybe not abstract-y enough since it is still recognizable as a person’s face. But it is abstract-y enough so that the person can’t be identified!! The cool streaks in the photo were made with a photo filter adjustment layer.

Well, that was another fun lab….and more difficult than I thought it would be!

Unlike Jill who has now completed all the labs she wants to, I am going to do 1 more. Lab 51(Lose Yourself) involves going somewhere you have “never” been and really digging deep into the place with photography.

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