tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:/posts abstraction blog 2019-06-19T05:43:23Z Gary Sauer-Thompson tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1421658 2019-06-19T05:37:52Z 2019-06-19T05:43:23Z Granite Abstraction #13

This abstraction of a granite  formation was made just west of  Petrel Cove when I was on a poodlewalk with Kayla in the early morning:

 I was working   nearby on a series of salt abstractions at the time--mid February 2019--and I  saw this rock formation.   

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1419751 2019-06-13T00:15:35Z 2019-06-13T23:48:58Z sea abstract #5

Another image  in the sea abstraction series that emerges from  my daily walks along the coast of the southern Fleurieu Peninsula: 

This  was made in the summer of 2018 whilst on an afternoon  poodlewalk with Maleko. I recall that I got very wet as  a large wave swept over my  feet and legs. 

Below  is the converted black and white version of the digital file:

There is not that much difference between these two interpretations. 

As can be seen from the earlier images in this series---- hereherehere and here--- I   do struggle with this series. Their emergence from my daily walks indicates that  these  abstractions reject the common  view that  abstraction is a withdrawal from the modern world, almost a safe house for art. Maybe this series refers  to chance---standing on the rocks amongst  the swirling sea waiting for  the formation of  a visual form/image? 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1419031 2019-06-11T11:15:44Z 2019-06-12T12:57:53Z granite abstraction #12

This  abstract photo  was made in January 2019 whilst I was on a coastal poodlewalk along the southern Fleurieu Peninsula with Kayla. The picture  or image was  made  in  the  early morning near from Petrel Cove in the summer light.

The word 'image’ often gets tied to the  arbitrariness entailed in individual perception and opposed to the external solidity associated in the vocabulary of ordinary language philosophy with the ‘picture’. Susan Sontag held that  images don’t tell us anything, they remind us what is important. This  implies that   the ‘image’ as a type of inner perception, or mental idea, impression or memory. 

This can be interpreted  along the lines that an image that exerts a hold and that lives beyond its medium presupposes an agent who is engaged by it, i.e., who finds it meaningful or significant. An image is a sensuous experience of meaning that organises a world.  It possesses a communicative force that is surplus to its perceptible form.

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1416231 2019-06-04T01:27:30Z 2019-06-04T03:58:19Z granite abstraction #11

This abstraction was made at  the bottom of the western edge of Kings Head, Waitpinga. It is almost to the point.   It was made whilst I was on an afternoon  poodlewalk in January, 2018:

At the time I  was struck by the light across  the face of the granite as well as the complexity of the shape of the granite formation.   The picture  was made with a digital camera,  and it was  a study for a  possible large format b+w photo. I've  never been  back  to do the b+w photo session as the Sinar f1 camera wasn't ready.  

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1406235 2019-05-07T01:26:46Z 2019-05-07T04:11:08Z quartz, lichen + granite

This abstraction  was a difficult image to make.  I had to wait until the late afternoon  for the light, and he quartz  was tucked behind some  granite rocks on the foreshore just east of Deps Beach and  it was not possible to put my body in the space between the granite and the quartz to obtain a low view:

So I had to lean into the space, try and balance my feet on some sharp edges and hold the Sony NEX-7 camera low. Thankfully the camera has a  fold out back  and so I could focus the image using it. 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1394004 2019-04-05T01:08:52Z 2019-04-05T05:58:10Z Lyell Abstract

This abstract is  of the rock face on  the side of the Lyell Highway.    It was made in 2017 and it was where  the highway  started to drop down  into Queenstown:

 From memory I was  walking along the side of the highway making a number of photos of the rock face. 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1375433 2019-02-18T04:42:33Z 2019-02-18T04:45:57Z yellow abstract

This was made on an early morning poodlewalk with Kayla whilst we were slowly making  our way to  the Petrel Cove car park: 

The touch of sunlight playing  across the front of the granite caught my eye.  

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1369453 2019-02-02T06:12:17Z 2019-02-18T04:22:30Z sand abstraction

What appears to be permanent is really impermanent: 

The forms in the sand and the soft light in the littoral zone during  the summer-time are ephemeral. They exist for a moment in  time.  

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1367304 2019-01-26T10:53:02Z 2019-01-26T10:53:03Z Waitpinga bark abstract

Made on a poodlewalk with Maleko in Waitpinga:

 It is a close up of the bark of a tree along Halls Creek Rd.

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1366540 2019-01-24T04:31:32Z 2019-01-24T05:07:16Z quartz abstraction: macro

This macro abstraction was made on an afternoon  poodlewalk with Maleko along the rocks west of Dep's Beach:

This was made a week or so before the January heatwave in South Australia when it was possible to walk amongst he coastal rocks  in the late afternoon sun. 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1361840 2019-01-10T06:07:39Z 2019-01-10T06:07:39Z orange granite

This abstraction was made on an early morning  poodlewalk with Kayla 

I just happened to see it whilst working on a still life nearby.  

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1359234 2019-01-01T18:23:44Z 2019-01-01T18:24:40Z abstraction: macro

A macro photo made whilst on a poodlewalk 

More context here on the thoughtfactory blog 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1358692 2018-12-30T22:35:13Z 2018-12-30T22:35:13Z light and form

Made on a poodlewalk 

There is some background and context here. 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1351984 2018-12-10T09:38:03Z 2018-12-21T02:00:48Z granite + salt abstraction

From late spring in 2017: 

This was made on a poodlewalk amongst the  granite rocks west of Dep's Beach.  

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1347471 2018-11-26T04:43:56Z 2018-11-26T05:00:30Z granite abstraction #10

 This picture was made on an early morning  poodlewalk with Kayla: 

It is an abstraction of granite rocks near Petrel Cove on the southern Fleurieu Peninsula. 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1338555 2018-10-31T22:42:52Z 2018-10-31T22:42:58Z on Kangaroo Island

This is an abstract I made whilst I was wander around the foreshore of the Baudin Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island:

I was filling in time whilst I was waiting   for the ferry to take me to  Cape Jervis.  

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1332126 2018-10-14T05:08:38Z 2018-12-10T11:15:41Z canvas abstraction

This abstraction was made whilst on an early morning   poodlewalk with Kayla around the  township of Victor Harbor: 

It was near  one of the hotels the edge of Warland Reserve. It was a rubbish bag for a big beer barn that sells junk hotel food.  

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1327038 2018-09-29T05:36:35Z 2018-10-14T06:53:32Z cacti abstraction

Along Jetty Road in Encounter Bay, Victor Harbor:

Dead leaves of a wild cacti plant growing on the side of the road. The picture was made whilst I was on a poodlewalk in May 2018 with Ari. It was on one of his last walks. 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1318855 2018-09-06T00:08:02Z 2018-09-06T00:08:02Z iron abstract

A building site along Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay:

The picture was made whilst on a poodlewalk with Kayla. 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1315437 2018-08-27T02:38:39Z 2018-08-27T02:42:11Z quartz abstract #3

Made whilst on a late afternoon  poodlewalk with Maleko. I was intrigued by the colours in the light of the  open shadow. 

The location was close to this one.

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1310925 2018-08-11T00:27:16Z 2018-08-27T02:40:56Z Granite abstraction #9

Made on a poodlewalk with Kayla inbetween the stormy winter conditions-namely, rain, gusty cold  winds and high tides  

This is an image that could look okay  re-photographed with  5x4  b+w film sheet film. I will have to wait  for  a low tide though. 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1309166 2018-08-05T01:41:36Z 2018-08-06T03:57:37Z Quartz Abstract #2

The abstraction  below was made early one morning whilst I walking amongst the coastal rocks with Kayla.    The bitterly cold winds had dropped, the seas  had become  much calmer, and the broken cloud cover  promised some early morning sunshine. It was a good morning for walking along the coast.  

These moments inbetween the storm conditions of winter allowed Kayla and myself  to  leisurely wander amongst the rocks on an early morning poodlewalk. 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1307269 2018-07-29T08:25:55Z 2018-07-29T09:48:10Z granite abstraction #8

This abstraction was made on a recent poodlewalk between the king tides in  mid-winter:

I was attracted by the subtle tonality of the granite rocks. I  had to to lay on my stomach  on the wet ground  to get the shape I wanted. 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1293178 2018-06-12T01:39:19Z 2018-07-29T09:46:33Z granite abstract #7

Made on  an early morning poodlewalk: 

It was made whilst I was on  my way to a 5x4 photo session further west along  the coast prior to going to the Lake Boga photo camp  for the Mallee Routes project. 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1282663 2018-05-12T01:32:20Z 2018-05-12T02:03:13Z sandstone abstraction #1

When I was at American River on Kangaroo Island  recently for a brief holiday I revisited Pennington Bay to make some abstractions of the sandstone cliffs. This is one of a number that I made:  

The photo session  was in the late afternoon and it incorporated a poodlewalk as I  had the 2 standard poodles with me. 

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Gary Sauer-Thompson
tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1273253 2018-04-16T02:51:43Z 2018-04-16T05:22:57Z orange abstraction

This  abstraction was made on a morning poodlewalk with Kayla along the coastal rocks between  Petrel Cove and  Kings Beach in Waitpinga: 

 It was  made handheld with a digital camera (a Sony a7R 111) in the low light of the early morning. Convenience is a key as this this  is one of those locations  where it would be very difficult  to use a film camera on a tripod.  

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1266417 2018-03-29T10:08:50Z 2018-04-07T23:23:19Z granite + salt abstraction

This picture was made with the newly acquired  Sony A7r111 digital camera  whilst I was on a poodlewalk to the foot of the Newland Heads in Waitpinga:

These little salt ponds are very ephemeral. They are there one day, gone the next. 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1243770 2018-02-07T04:19:23Z 2018-02-07T04:44:57Z granite abstraction #6

This abstract was made at Kings Head,  Waitpinga whilst on an afternoon poodlewalk. 

It is basically a scoping study for a b+w film shoot.  

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1236934 2018-01-24T00:03:36Z 2018-02-02T00:18:24Z sea abstract #4

Another recent attempt at a sea abstract: 

I am finding making these kind of sea abstractions  a bit hit and miss as the sea is constantly changing  its shape. The waves move very quickly as well. 

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tag:abstract-photography.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1224963 2018-01-02T05:26:02Z 2018-01-02T05:26:02Z granite abstract #5

Made on an early morning poodlewalk with Kayla 

These rocks are just around the corner from Petrel Cove. 

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