Friday, May 3, 2013

Abstract Photos- Focus on Life Week 18


'You like it, that's all, whether it's a landscape or abstract. You like it. It hits you. You don't have to read it. The work of art-sculpture or painting-forces your eye.Clement Greenberg 

 Sally's prompt for the focus on life challenge this week is Abstract! Woohoo! I had no clue when I read that word what I would be doing. Sally had some suggestions and told us about making a light trail in our photos. Fun stuff, so that is the first thing I tried. But then she suggested that we distort our photos for more abstract designs- I think I could play around in photoshop all day trying out different things!. So this first photo is a distorted light trail taken right off my front porch.


But my own epiphany came when I took my camera out on my weekly Focus on Life Walk- I took a LOT of pictures, and when I was almost home I stopped to shoot into the window of the local bike shop. Ummm... have you ever tried to shoot a picture through a window? Well, there is a little something called a reflection. The window is right on a busy street, so there were cars going by and folks walking by too. These pictures seem pretty abstract to me! Even though I know what these are photos of, I have a hard time figuring them out. Yes, it's been photoshopped...

The local hair salon was even cooler! 

Another abstract trick?  Simply laying a photo on its side can do wonders to make it all quite confusing! Start here for more abstract fun.

11 comments:

Beti Horvath said...

love what you have done! The bikes are so wonderful!

Becky Pancake said...
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Becky Pancake said...

Laurie I really like your light trail pic. I wasn't brave enough to try it yet but I want to down the road. I'm not very adventurous with my camera but I am working on it.

Marlene Cupo said...

That bike though the window shot is great. Super job with Sally's prompt.

Annette said...

Very cool photos! I love the bicycles!

Adrienne said...

I admit I didn't even want to attempt the light trail, I thought too much work for me. I do like the beauty shop photos! Oh and the last one I didn't know which way to turn my head, LOL!

AntiquityTravelers said...

I love that bike picture! the bikes look like they are on the street .. so interesting how the reflection folds back on itself! that's awesome!

CraftyHope said...

Looks like you had a good time playing with your photos and the results are super cool!

Shel said...

These are great - especially the light one. The reflection ones really make you think and look at things and the side view of the tree - that's wild. Love all of these!

LoriF said...

Oh, great ideas! I particularly love that first one, I'm going to have to try that on my camera.

Debi said...

Really great shots! I'm impressed with your interpretation of this weeks prompt. Very clever. And I like how you rotated the last photo to bring out the abstract in it!