The photographic explorations of a former film student.

Abstract Nature

One of the most wonderfully abstract and textured things in nature happens to be bark. Rocks and snow are also up there in my book. Thankfully, we don’t have any snow yet. It’s pretty, but I’m not ready for it. I put a black and white layer on all the shots in Photoshop, then I tinted them to further remove them from normality. I don’t really want them to look like bark. The focus is supposed to be on the shape, texture, and tone.




This last oneย isn’t very abstract, but it was too interesting to pass up: a naturally occurring number 11.


Next Week: Nature or Antique Jewelry

I’m hoping to go for a long walk in the woods, weather permitting, of course. If not, I may share some cloud shots.


8 responses

  1. Good for you for promoting abstractions in nature.

    Steve Schwartzman

    October 24, 2011 at 1:55 am

    • There is however a question of how abstract nature really is, and how much of what we see in nature is simply patterns that we don’t understand, and therefore no truly abstract

      October 24, 2011 at 2:45 am

      • Good point. The world is often more organized than we realize at first glance.

        October 24, 2011 at 3:05 am

  2. Beautiful shots, as always.

    October 24, 2011 at 4:53 am

  3. I love these, and bark can make the most wonderful abstracts, or patterns if you will. ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm

  4. Littleskew

    Amazing images!
    The first one has an enchanting feeling around it; I really like it
    The second one makes me think of the moon… I don’t know why.

    Again amazing images ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm

  5. Beautiful photos, first time to your blog:) I love the concept of manipulation to achieve texture. Your fall photos are beautiful as well!

    October 29, 2011 at 4:42 am

    • Thank you for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚ Actually, it’s more like manipulating color so that people focus on tone and texture instead of just seeing that it’s bark and moving on.

      October 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm

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