Friday, April 17, 2009

Afternoon Abstractions










...of days long past; through the veil of the conscious mind...

5 comments:

Azure Islands Designs said...

My first glimpse of the photos evoked an eerie feeling...I was called away from the computer and when I returned the photos lost the eerie feeling leaving a feeling of muddling through the twists and tangles of hardships, almost there in the first photo but a long way to go in the second!!!!

I love to click on the photos to see the large version...the detail is amazing, makes for an entirely different shot!
Cheers

The Fearless Blog said...

Oh these photos make me very sad...I like the sunshine and the blue sky. I do, however, enjoy those summer thunderstorms we get here in Florida. They are powerful, scary at times but they pass quickly and then often the sun returns. Yet wet, rainy days in general do not appeal to me...well unless it is Sunday and I can have breakfast in bed...no need to drive anywhere kinda day....

All kidding aside the photos are beautiful in their own way...

Scott said...

Very interesting and unexpected takes on these photos! Thank you, Heather and Marlene, for your thoughtful responses. The diverse reactions that abstract art invokes fascinates me. While I did not have a set notion of what they represent to me at the time, there are several concepts that they touched upon in my mind. In retrospect, I am finding they are much more personal and relevant than I intended or expected.

For me, they seem to represent a lack of clarity of vision; an obscured truth. Something standing between myself and a clear view.

Another theme that it seemed to invoke in me is the concept of "memory", as viewed from the mind's eye.

Marlene, I really do like the sunshine and blue sky too! (See upcoming post) :-)

I took these out of the skylight of my office (in my home) after a very challenging day, and it did have the peaceful kind of rainy-day Sunday feeling.

The appeal of art to me is that it does invoke so many diverse emotions and metaphors in different people. Thanks for the wonderful responses!

Mark Alan Meader said...

These are excellent, Scott... especially the top one. Often these sudden inspirations are the best; you don't really think or plan.. the image is just there and you feel it, although often they come to life only in the processing stage, as I bet these did. The tonal quality is perfect.

Scott said...

Thank you Mark! I agree that spontaneity often produces some of the most powerful photos. I typically have not done a lot of sepia toned (and similar) treatments, but these images seemed to lend themselves to it. I am taking Cole Thompson's workshop next week in Moab, "Seeing in Black and White", so you will like see a lot of monotone work from me in the near future. Thanks for commenting!