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I felt a bit of a cheat yesterday when I wrote my blog entry. There was a photo, but it was a screen shot and a screen shot of a diagram at that. Today I will make up for it.
Following the plan I showed yesterday, I should have been doing research today on the sorts of ways that I could interpret the topic of "Abstract". I soon realised that seeing a great abstract image wouldnt mean that I could produce anything like it myself. I am fresh to this style and so I had no idea about how complex these images were to put together. The answer was to mix the research with the practice of trying to produce abstract images. There is obviously a lot to learn and having a go is the best way to develop.
Anyway, here are a few of my first efforts from this morning.
This one was produced by starting with a photo of a brick wall that I played around with. Then I had a mono shot of the shadow caused by a wooden trellis in my garden that I took while the sun was out this morning. By adding this as a layer on top of the wall and setting the layer style to "exclusion" I managed to get the glazed blocks over the top of the bricks. The rest was just playing around with levels. What do you think ? is it art ? is it still photography ? Most importantly - is it any good ?
This shot was a texture that I had used before.. I took a photo of a pot cyclamen we have on the kitchen window and cut it out from the background. I then added it as a layer on top of the texture, using multiply as the layer style. By altering the fill percentages I got this mix. I did a similar one with another texture, but reversed the image befoie adding it.
Hope you like these. I will make another entry here tomorrow so that you are not getting overloaded with my attempts. I would really appreciate any feedback from people who are more experienced in abstract images than I am. Or even from people who justhave an opinion on them...