I wanted to liven it up a bit this week so I’m posting some abstract style prints featuring “Street Scenes”. Anyone who follows my work knows I love bright colors and abstract styles in a lot of my prints, so this week I am featuring two where I used a fauvism approach.
The first print is Whistler, British Columbia. Whistler is so pedestrian friendly and the capture depicts one of the main streets in the village during the “off-season” (non-skiing time of year). The fauvism approach brings surreal colors in abstract type shapes. In this print that really pulls-out and highlights architectural elements with the pedestrians more a secondary feature.
The second print does the opposite. The color and abstract approach highlights the crowded pedestrian traffic in a square near the sports stadiums in lower downtown Seattle. Again, I love the surreal colors making the print a very interesting visual experience.
About 3.5 years ago, I featured a sketched art print of the Mukilteo Lighthouse, which was just the lighthouse structure itself. I had also sketched a different perspective of the compound that I did not include in that post. I had almost forgotten about that particular viewpoint until I came across it the other day. The photograph it was based on was taken as the ferry from Whidbey island, Washington was docking at Mukilteo (Mukilteo is north of Seattle and south of Everett). The structures look like little doll houses and you actually have all three structures in this print. The two little “homes” actually flag the small lighthouse. I really liked the perspective of this composition and the sketching technique as it creates a rustic and romantic look.
The lighthouse is a working lighthouse with the ferry dock right next door and sits on Possession Sound. The structure was opened in 1906 and for more information on Wikipedia, click here.
As a departure from last weeks black and white photography, this week I want to look at a very colorful sky I created as a backdrop to the Seattle skyline. Using a fauvism technique to create the bright colored sky and abstract look, I have attached two art prints that are just slightly different.
In the first print “Space Needle Colorful Sky”, I centered the Space Needle as a focal point with the buildings of downtown part of the background.
I’ve attached four photos I took from a short hike I took on the Riverfront Trail in Snohomish, Washington (Snohomish…the town of…sits just north of the Seattle metropolitan area in Snohomish County).
I took a long flight of stairs down to the walk from the Historic Downtown District with features a number of antique shops, great restaurants and bars in old historic buildings along 1st Street. The Snohomish River was running high after a number of days of rain which had been especially heavy in the Cascade Mountain Range where the river originates. The river winds itself through the county and town on it’s journey west meeting the Possession Sound by Everett, Washington.
The skies cleared with sunshine providing great light on fall foliage along the walkway.
With this weeks post, I wanted to share some fall colors from the Seattle area since these colors aren’t prominent in Southern California and because we are currently up in the Seattle area for a quick weekend…..hope to get more shots!!
Anyone who has been following my work, knows I have a fascination with architecture. I did start studying architecture in high school and always thought I would go to some architectural school, etc. etc. etc. Problem was my parents both worked for a private four-year liberal arts college in Iowa which is where all of my siblings and I ended up going (could be the deal on tuition costs for dependents of employees of the college – four of us so you do the math). I ended up with a major in business which to me seemed the most practical. Having said all of that, it was that same school where I was introduced to photography and dark rooms which ultimately led to the things you see here. OK, so that explains my fascination with architecture and why you see a lot of it in my work. Today I wanted to show an interesting mix between that love of architecture and creative artistic presentation. I have done a number of shots of urban high-rises which of course are very linear and rise into the sky in very straight lines. Mixing the fauvism style and technique which presents non-linear and abstract looks to subjects with urban structures results in the attached two art prints. Both prints create an abstract and playful approach to rigid downtown buildings (Seattle in both cases).
This week I wanted to take a look at three very different black and white photographs and tell you what I see.
As I have mentioned in my posts, I shoot everything in Raw format which means I shoot digitally capturing tremendous detail. It does take up memory and believe me my portfolio and archives have their own hard drive because of it. The reason I shoot with that much definition is that it allows me to “play’ with the end picture more.
The first picture is a cityscape of downtown Seattle with the Space Needle featured front and center. What do I see? I see the downtown towers and Space Needle sharply defined…very bold straight edges. I see the architecture dominating the capture because of that factor. As an additional element, I see the sharp contrast of the cloud formations from the high level clouds to the puffy cumulous in the background. I see an architectural statement of Seattle with the subtle element of weather which Seattle is known for.
From a cityscape to a farm. What do I see? I see a mood created from an abandoned farm highlighted by showing it in black and white. I see barren tree branches and collapsing buildings that have a lonely element with no life. The black and white presentation allows this mood to be front and center without getting distracted by pops of color.
From the farm to Old Point Loma Lighthouse sitting on the entrance to San Diego Bay in Cabrillo National Monument. What do I see? I see the top of a lighthouse where the simple architecture of the structure points your eye upward to the light. I see what is a deep blue sky not taking center stage because the presentation in black and white makes it a supporting gray backdrop to the white structure and the intricate architecture of the top of the lighthouse.