The world in abstract

Peruse art museums enough and you’ll find yourself wandering through the galleries displaying modern abstracts.  These interpretations of the world through the eyes of artists interested in seeing form but not the content can be interesting, puzzling, compelling, disgusting, confusing and sometimes infantile.  Nonetheless they are usually genuine attempts to portray a world seen by the few in order to enlighten the masses.

Turns out many times you don’t have to visit art galleries or museums.  You can simply seek out what Nature provides as views to an alternative world.  One great place to experience this is Yellowstone, particularly around the geyser basins.  Minerals come up from deep in the earth and provide concentrated colors as they precipitate on the surface.  Microorganisms that thrive on unusual elements pigment their surroundings as if in a display of virility.  Moving water creates paths for expression and form in order to display the changing nature of the planet.

If the abstract artist creates based on a vision unique to their personal perception of the world around them, what are we to make of Nature’s abstracts in the actual world?

ISO 100, 27mm, 1/80 sec., f/9

ISO 100, 27mm, 1/80 sec., f/9

ISO 100, 14mm, 1/50 sec., f/9

ISO 100, 14mm, 1/50 sec., f/9

ISO 100, 50mm, 1/320 sec., f/8

ISO 100, 50mm, 1/320 sec., f/8

ISO 100, 50mm, 1/250 sec., f/8

ISO 100, 50mm, 1/250 sec., f/8

ISO 100, 35mm, 1/125 sec., f/9

ISO 100, 35mm, 1/125 sec., f/9

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11 thoughts on “The world in abstract

  1. A really good post, beautiful images with great light and colours. I like the first one where the green takes your eye through the scene and the little rock on the right really acts as an exclamation mark in the scene. I also like the last image all the blues and white give it an otherworldly feel. How great too that you hiked up to that place composed you frame and then sat and waited for the geyser to go off. You were well rewarded for you effort.

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    • Well, Kate, I actually didn’t notice the rock in the first image until you mentioned it. Perhaps subliminally while composing? The geyser in the last image was pretty regular so waiting on it was easy but getting enough contrast to separate it from the background was tricky. Hurrah for post-processing. Thanks for the compliments!

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