Catherine Honigsberg  

Abstract by Catherine Honigsberg

August 2019 - Abstract

August 2019 - Catherine Honigsberg


About the Image(s)

I took this picture of a sidewalk and liked it in B&W, but wanted to see if I could go more abstract by adding color. Wanted to know if this is a good direction.

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3 comments posted

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
This photograph had a strong impact on me. Maybe because I've never been asked to critique an abstract photo before, so I was anxious about it! So first let me just tell what I observe.
The original in B&W is already an abstract. If you hadn't of told me it was sidewalk, I would not have known at first. When I enlarged and looked at it in close-up, I did understand that it was a closeup of the joint where three flagstones have been joined together.
The first thing I notice in your submitted photograph is the change from horizontal to vertical. But making it vertical, the lines (to me) look more like a rendering of a rocky valley or something like that. The addition of the green and even the pink and orange colors add to that impression for me. Some of the manipulations make the image look more like it was drawn and painted than photographed. I would not have known the final was a photograph unless I was told. I didn't mind that at all, I'm just letting you know that on it's own, I would have taken it as a painting or a colored drawing.
The image doesn't have a single point of interest. Rather the lines in the vertical layout led to my eyes traveling up and down. Only after I'd been studying it for a while did my eyes start following the yellow sections around in a clockwise motion. I'm not saying this is wrong or right, just reporting on what I experienced when I looked at it.
For me the image worked in many ways. It held my interest and stayed with me after I stopped looking at it. It suggested a story or stories to me- I could see it being a moving image, and the camera zooming in to show us that one of those lines is a road that moves through cliffs. In other words, the image to me spoke of a hidden life, and I started making up scenarios of what that life could be.
The choice of colors is the biggest challenge for me. The bright pink makes me think of a cartoon. The pink is the main source of the image's emotional impact. It makes me think of the landscape background in Maxfield Parrish paintings. So I would say the choice of colors worked for me too. Still, i fyou were going to play with anything, I would suggest playing with colors. But on the whole I would say you have really accomplished something here. I would like to see more work like this from you. I myself have never attempted anything like this.
You might find some inspiration in other groups labelled "creative." I was going through them while I was thinking about your picture and I discovered that Andrew is also in a creative group, Group 18. It's fun to go there and look at other work he does.

  Posted: 08/04/2019 19:57:56

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Jennifer Empsey has a very nice abstract in Group 18 this month. I must say I don't much like the colours or the textile effect here - it needs a bit more focus and overall it isn't really gripping me. The original might well be better with a bit more contrast.
But certainly worth while looking at doing more abstracts.   Posted: 08/05/2019 12:08:43

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Catherine, great experimentation! My personal taste is to like color as I think a lot of black and white is rather tepid unless there is strong composition.

If you are using photoshop, have you tried the liquify and poster filters? They might have some interesting results on this image.   Posted: 08/17/2019 14:48:31