Back to Basics

June 05, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

After a whole lot of family and event photography over the last few weeks, I feel the need to get back to some art photography. This image was made just a few weeks ago and is another in  my “Off the Wall” series exploring the connection between modern abstract art and  the urban landscape around us.

Blackheart Vent

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

What did I see in this that made me stop and take a photograph? At first sight it’s all about the juxtaposition of the metallic, angular vent and the organic flowy-dripping graffiti. I love that the image is almost monochromatic except for the blue ledge which seems to underline the image while also catching and containing the dripping paint.

The vent is not rigid mechanical perfection, however. Decay, rust and vandalism have tainted it and distorted it’s shape and symmetry. Look around and you’ll also notice the wood grain weathering through the paint.

In these geometric and simplified compositions that mimic modern art, I find that old and decaying subjects not only add interest but also play a similar role to the texture of paint on a canvas – giving the image depth and character.

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