Patterns and Abstractions

Savannah, GA

Apartment Doorway, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.

  • I often look at objects in such a way that the images I shoot are in patterns instead of in photo-realism
  • Photographs of concrete objects are composed (decomposed?) into a generalized pattern or an abstract image
  • We tend to define abstraction by noting similarities or differences of objects
  • I think our brains look for patterns and to do this we zoom in and filter out information
Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico, U.S.

MIT Strata Centre, Cambridge, Massachussetts, U.S.

Building Facade, MIT Strata Centre, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. (if you look closely you can see me and my sister in this photograph)

The Blockhaus at Eperlecques, France

The Blockhaus at Eperlecques, France

Brick Wall, Shuhe, Yunnan Province, China

Wall, Shuhe, Yunnan Province, China

Wall, Cargo Ship

Wall, Cargo Ship

Stoop, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China

Stoop, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China

Zippers, Shanghai, China

Zippers, Shanghai, China

Wall, Hong Kong

Building Facade, Hong Kong

Electrical Power Line Cable, Cargo Ship Engine Room

Electrical Power Line Cable, Cargo Ship Engine Room

Tai O Fishing Village, Hong Kong

Folded Carts, Tai O Fishing Village, Hong Kong

Tai O Fishing Village, Hong Kong

House Wall, Tai O Fishing Village, Hong Kong

Wall, Dali, Yunnan, China

Wall, Dali, Yunnan, China

Boats on the River Li, Xingping, Guangxi Province, China

Boats on the River Li, Xingping, Guangxi Province, China

Drying Fish, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Fish Drying on the Mekong, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Celeriac, France

Celeriac, France

Market, Ho Chi Minh CIty (Saigon), Vietnam

Market, Ho Chi Minh CIty (Saigon), Vietnam

Coffee Beans (in the hills outside of Tad Lo ), Laos

Coffee Beans (in the hills outside of Tad Lo), Laos

Records, Rue St. Denis, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Records, Rue St. Denis, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Dry Squid, Hong Kong

Dry Squid, Hong Kong

Bamboo Poles. Near Sanshazhen, Fujian, China

Bamboo Poles. Near Sanshazhen, Fujian Province, China

Stairs, Shanghai

Stairs, Shanghai, China

Arramanche, France

Arramanche, France

Window, Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.

Window, Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.

Up in the Air, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.

Up in the Air, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.

Telephone Panel, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China

Telephone Panel, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China

Cargo Ship, Life Boat

Life Boat, Cargo Ship

Room Windows, Cargo Ship

Room Windows, Cargo Ship

 

 

12 thoughts on “Patterns and Abstractions

    1. sbandtg Post author

      one of my favourites is actually the stoop/entrance way with the red lanterns and building posts. at first i just see the circles and lines and then realise how realistic the photo is. my mind goes back and forth between abstract and the realism of the photo with abstract winning out, mostly.

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  1. michelle chan

    very interesting. I can see your “point” because when i made my pottery, i liked simple patterns….

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  2. s phinney

    Fav? At first it was the Strata Center then the fish drying then the coffee beans…guess there are many that are outstanding. Hope to see more soon. Is there a book coming after that? Good material for one.

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  3. George D

    Amazing, Tamar. Rather than picking a favorite, I appreciate the collection as an ensemble. The power for me is in the continuity of theme across the individual items.

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    1. sbandtg Post author

      thank you! this particular entry seems to have hit a chord with people. taking this as a cue, i suspect i will post more photo theme-centric entries.

      Reply

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