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“Horizons III”

”One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”                                                                  Henry Miller

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“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore”    – Aristophanes


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Its been a while since the last post – here are a few shots which I came upon the other day.
They fit perfectly in my Horizons series as seen in earlier posts.
Nothing changed … mostly water and sky, simplicity/minimalism, lots of negative space.
Some are multi exposures, some very long exposures, softening the water.

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              “Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.”        – Pablo Picasso


Blog-Horizons-MayJune-2013-06     Blog-Horizons-MayJune-2013-07Strong abstract design is created with rhythms and harmonies in shapes, lines, edges, and colors and is analogous to the rhythms in music and the harmonies between individual notes. This aspect of the painting is completely independent of the subject matter.   – Barry John Raybould   [as is music – completely independent from ideological messages or lyrics]


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Blog-Horizons-MayJune-2013-03Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for color, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.   –   Wassily Kandinsky

Blog-Horizons-MayJune-2013-05The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.     – Lucian Freud


Here is another set of my “Horizons” series.
The concept is the same as previously – barely any detail, simplicity, lots of negative space – basically water and sky, divided by the horizon.
There are lots of examples in abstract, or better non-representational painting that one could draw from, e.g. the division of the canvas by two (or more) colours, or by a line. What differentiates abstract photography from abstract painting is that everything in photography started with something real – something that actually existed, while the painter can start (but not necessarily) from pure imagination.
Photographic techniques (applied in some cases) – to enhance abstraction and to move further away from reality – are: multi-exposures, long exposures and camera panning on a leveled tripod. 

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“Viewpoints” or “Waiting for Glenn”

 “Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.”                   – Jules de Gaultier


“By studying, understanding and practicing the principles of visual design, including light, form, shape, line, texture and perspective, and by having an open mind to explore new frontiers, we can greatly enhance our pleasure of discovering the world around us, and perhaps  –  discover ourselves”                                                –  William P. McElligot

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Once a month I’m in the city for a day or two and exposed to strange things like traffic lights, big box stores, busses and … parking lots. Waiting for Glenn on one of them was pretty boring. Then I noticed the gull sitting high up on one of the street lights and got the camera out to kill some time. As soon as I looked through the viewfinder – putting a frame around things – everything changed and I got “inspired” (for lack of a better word – new ideas don’t come from ‘above’ – they come from YOUR Brain). The arms of the lights became lines, changing direction and proportion with varying viewing angles, dividing up the empty space of sky. The lights at the end of the arms become weights, not because of their shape, but because of their position, visual / compositional weights … and counter weights, e.g. to a larger, opposing arm. Creating balance … asymmetrical balance mostly … by how you divide up the space, but often also through qualities like large/small – dark/bright – etc. It turned out, unexpectedly, into a nice exercise in positive/negative space and composition – remembering all the definitions of the elements of visual design I wrote into a little book … way back. The overcast day was just right for this and almost created B&W’s here. And there is the gull of course… she adds an extra weight and extra asymmetry, a bit of special attraction or focal point. And she is a living being besides all steel and sky, returning my interest. Of course, for her I’m the attraction and she watches me carefully. This went on for a while, until she had enough of this B.S. and took off … and so did I …. oh, wait a minute … Glenn …?!

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