Try to forget what objects you have before you – a tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, ‘Here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow,’ and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact colour and shape, until it gives you your own impression of the scene before you.Claude Monet
I have shared photos based on geometrical themes several times in the past. Monochrome shapes in architecture; designs found in nature; wheels and circles. So looking for something a bit different for Amanda’s Friendly Friday challenge I hit upon that quotation from Monet and it got me thinking. Can we apply it to photography and reduce the objects we photograph to mere abstract shapes?
So I thought I would have a go! All the photos below were taken on various trips over the past few years and have been cropped to focus more on those abstract shapes rather than the actual subject of the photo. I have probably shared many of the full size images elsewhere in this blog!
Triangle: the top of the (unfinished) Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang
Triangle and circle: the Hyangsan Hotel, North Korea; this one is finished and we stayed here!
Wonky triangle: the roof of the tomb of Bin Ali in southern Oman
Diamonds: the dome of the Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat
Diamonds and zigzags: baskets for sale in the Place des Epices, Marrakesh
Zigzags: a concrete fence edging the path up Mount Paektu, North Korea
Curve: a leaf in Laos
Arcs: the ceiling of the Central Post Office, HCMC
Curls: a fence in the Majorelle Gardens, Marrakesh
More curls: a detail at the Chinese All-Community Assembly Hall, Hoi An
Curve: elephant trunk, MandaLao, Laos
Circles: prayer coils at the Cantonese Assembly Hall, Hoi An
Circles: door detail, Al Hamra, Oman
Concentric circles: the prow of a traditional boat in Sur, Oman
Stripes: fabric for sale in Marrakesh (the similar featured photo was taken in Sopchem, Laos)
Star: flag in the Armistice Signing Hall, DMZ, North Korea
And a favourite to finish with:
Circles and lines: roof detail, Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City, Beijing
Linked also to Frank’s Beach Walk Reflections as he is partnering with the FFC team this week.