Saturday, May 4, 2013

Focus On Life ~ Week 18: Abstract

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I bet most of the participants are struggling with this one.
Abstract. What does that even mean?
Something open to interpretation, is it?

I am an software developer, and to be, abstract only means classes. No, am not going that route. This has been a favorite interview question of mine. And not many have been able to answer it.

Anyway...moving on to abstract photography. This is what Sally said:

Abstract: the use of a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.

I take great pride in my command over the English language. But this line is still making me scratch my head. So I googled for abstract photographs, and reached this absolutely stunning collection!


I got a few ideas from here, and while I did not have time to consciously click abstract photos for today (you see, I did not know what I was looking for), I looked through my iPhone photos, and selected this one I took tonight at the "etsy meet and make" event



 And then I looked through some older photos and found a few better candidates




 

Still not sure if this is any good (mainly because I still don't get it), all these are just some sort of repeating pattern. Abstract or not?

I think I will go look at other participant's photos and see if I can understand this at all...
Lets start at Sally's blog:

36 comments:

  1. LOL I said the same thing WHAT IS THAT??? lol yes I do think you got it esp with the raindrops! Happy Saturday Kashmira!

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    1. Thanks, but I am still not sure WHAT it is that I got, you know what I mean? ;)

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  2. I like your middle bubbles picture! Not sure any of us understood this prompt!

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I am still confused.

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  3. it hasn't been the easiest prompt, has it? but when you have a strong shape/form/line/colour combo, I think you've cracked it! love the coloured threads, but the fruit in the branch silhouette is my favourite :)

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    1. Thanks Claire. I was wondering if that picture would fit in, but I decided it would because it could be anything...fruit, a ball hanging on a child's crib, a wacky chandelier?

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  4. You found some great subjects. I think if we just relax and concentrate on putting aside the subject of the photo, the rest will flow.....

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    1. Hmmm...as in pick a subject and then focus on one tiny part of it?

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  5. Best thing about Abstract is that it is totally up the person's interpretation. You did an amazing job at it.

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  6. All of you photos are beautiful. I struggled with this assignment, but learned from one site that abstract photography is all about the lines, shadows, form and how it evokes a strong reaction in the viewer. I think all of your photos fit that description.

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    1. Thanks Alice! So it IS a lot about patterns then?

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  7. I love the rain/dew drop photo.
    I wrote elsewhere that abstract is in the eye of the beholder so...I struggled with it too.

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    1. Thanks Patty! That was actually water condensed inside of a street lamp! Loved it and had to click it :)

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  8. LOVE that water droplet pattern!! so cool

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    1. Thank you! Its been an old favorite of mine :)

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  9. ALL amazing abstract photos!! I'm just in awe of that candle one,..the different effects of the light, the shapes, colors - exquisite!! And your yarn/fibers one - that's some awesome goodness right there!

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    1. Thanks Shel! That candle one had won a contest a long long time ago :)
      I do like all the photos, but still not sure if they fit the theme :(

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  10. They are all really cool. My favorite is the candle that seems to be floating - in a sea of pink.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, the picture came out quite different from what it really was like. It was just a lot of pink glass marbles around the candle, but I guess focusing on it that close created a really cool effect :)

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  11. Thanks for that link, Kashmira. There are some stunning photos. Yours are awesome as well. I am totally taken in by the water drops. It's absolutely perfect.

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    1. Thanks Tanya! I went back and looked at those photos so many times! And they have other categories to explore too :)

      The water drops are actually condensation inside a street lamp. Pretty cool, isn't it?

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  12. I'm not sure either, Kashmira, but I LOVE the photos you chose to represent your interpretation of abstract. Especially the condensed water pattern (guessing at that).

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    1. Debi, yup! You're the only one who guessed it right. What's cool is it was on the inside of a street lamp!

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  13. Kashmira the pic of water droplets on the glass does indeed show abstract well. I also like the cherry silhouetted against the sky.

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    1. Thanks Becky! The water drops picture is an old fav of mine :)

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  14. They look pretty abstract to me! Love the branch against the sky- great contrast!

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    1. Thank you! I totally love it when the sky is like that in the Fall!

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  15. Awesome abstract photos! I would say you nailed it!

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  16. Whether they fit the bill of abstract or not, I like them a lot! All from your phone!? Wow.

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    1. lol, you're too sweet, Hope :)
      No no, only the thread pic is from the phone, the others are from a regular camera.

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  17. This week was outside my comfort zone as well. I like all your Picts especially the water droplets. The thread is so colorful too!

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    1. Uh-oh, not sure how I missed replying to this. Sorry!
      I love the colors of the threads :)

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  18. Your shots ROCK! I love what you found. :)

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    1. Thank you! And SORRY! I totally missed your comment :(
      I found another awesome shot this week which would have been perfect for this!

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