Brian Swinyard, PPSA  

Unoading by Brian Swinyard, PPSA

January 2022 - Unoading

January 2022 - Brian Swinyard, PPSA

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January 2022 - Brian Swinyard, PPSA


About the Image(s)

Firstly, may I extend to you my Best Wishes for a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year. For this month’s submission, I thought I would continue in the same vein as my December image and offer you another deconstructed image. I wanted to explore further the notion of deconstructing an image into geometric shapes and then reassembling those pieces onto a white background to create a feeling of colour and space through geometric abstraction. Enjoy … or not … as the case may be.

6 comments posted

Hazel Price   Hazel Price
A Happy new year to you too Brian. This is mind bogglingly brilliant. It is a privilege to see your work. The arrangement of shapes is really pleasing and the colours compliment each other. I suppose you need a geometrical type of image to start with. My flowers and landscapes would not cut the mustard. What do you think?
  Posted: 01/07/2022 02:57:13
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Hazel, Thank you for your Festive wishes which are much appreciated as are your very kind words about my image. Glad you liked it. The ideal subject for this kind of deconstruction photography is one that has a lot of geometric shapes in it. It would be worth trying the technique on your flowers and landscapes by using the Rectangular, Elliptical and Single Row Marquee Tools to select internal parts of the leaves. Having made your selections, I would stroke a single pixel black line around the selections and play around with rotating and flipping the selections. In some respects, you have to think like a traditional artist by arranging the geometric shapes on the white canvas.   Posted: 01/07/2022 10:28:49

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is really interesting, and highly original. I very much like the final arrangements.
What is the original you started from--it looks like poster art.   Posted: 01/07/2022 14:37:16
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Stephen, Thank you for your kind words which are much appreciated. Glad you liked the image. You are correct in your assumption that the original was a piece of poster art. However, whenever you photograph someone else's artwork, it is important that you bring something of yourself to the iteration and I hope I have achieved that.   Posted: 01/08/2022 05:10:02

Joan Field   Joan Field
Brian, I really love your original, which was clearly already worked on, but your dedication to working with the concept of the deconstructed images is a fine one. . I think you did a great job with the composition and picking the interesting parts of the original to move around in the final image on the white background. You've filled the frames nicely;; I particularly like the long chain hanging down; it brings the image together. The black triangle on the bottom offers a strong base tot he whole. Clearly one can have a ball doing this; so many possibilities. I feel that your sense of composition has been very strong here and it is an interesting piece of art that could hang in the MOMA.   Posted: 01/15/2022 15:53:21
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Joan, Thank you for your very kind words which are much appreciated. Glad you liked the image and my selection of the deconstructed parts to use in the composite. I tried to use the two long chains as visual hooks to link together the disparate elements of the picture. The limit of this kind of creativity is bounded by one's own imagination. Thank you for the wonderful mental picture I now have of 'Unloading' hanging on a wall in the MOMA ...   Posted: 01/17/2022 09:12:51


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