This Friday’s photoart prompt is ‘abstraction(s) from nature’ which had me stuck for a while before the liberation of the verb fully dawned. To abstract is to take away, detach and isolate. Once separated from its contextual meaning, an abstraction is free to be what it likes.
My original canvas is one of those ‘why did I bother with this shot?’ – a meadow pond at the end of winter with tree reflections and no wildlife. Having removed some of the detail with a ‘watercolor vector’ effect, I overlaid ‘Vintage Craquelure’ – courtesy of Pixel Dust Photo Art’s free textures (thank you Bonnie). After a favourite ‘flip, merge & stack’ effect, a rotation turned the whole thing on its head.
Viewing an image upside-down theoretically enables input from the right-side of the brain – the creative side that dispenses with names and classifications in favour of the intuitive and spatial. Thus with a few more hue and colour effects, the image is complete…and immeditately the left-side brain kicks in to identify and re-assemble as abstract embers, falling timbers, banana plantation in conflagration…and so on!
…so that the transformation of a watery image to a fiery one manifests as ‘speaking in tongues’, which, when the spirit moves, is probably an accurate rendition.
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word cloud composed with Tagxedo