Transformations

A door is a door.  A photograph of a door is a faithful representation of it.  But not always.  Move in closer and the door becomes an abstract impression of light and shade, textures and tones, forms and planes.  Look again and the abstraction becomes an acned, lined, lugubrious face, two drooping eyes and a Roman nose.

 

 

 

 

Move in closer, focus.  A section of the door becomes wholly abstract.  Or maybe not wholly.  It might be a landscape, blue sky – or is it sea – and bleached white and ochre earth. Aaron Siskind photographed details of nature and buildings and presented them as flat surfaces to create a new image, thereby becoming part of the abstract expressionist movement.

Photo: Kardamyli, Mani, Greece, May 2011

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