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This ‘abstract’ image is derived from Nature’s random distribution of organic remnants as the tide has receded. I find considerable aesthetic pleasure in the balanced pattern of shapes, lines, colours and textures. [It made me wonder what inspired the paintings of Joan Miro?!] See also Abstract 177
Many of my seaweed images use dead or dessicated material and the attraction lies in the sketchy patterns formed against a plain background. However, this image is derived from a photo of wet seaweed on a rock. The colours, lines, patterns and textures combine to produce a beautiful abstract composition.
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My love of pattern, especially natural/abstract pattern, will be apparent to anyone familiar with my posts. One of the richest sources is the seashore, particularly at low tide. The ebbing tide frequently leaves behind interesting seaweed formations – interesting for their shapes and for the strands of varying thickness and texture.
To maximise the impact, I often choose to isolate the pattern and set it against a white background. It is a painstaking process but one I enjoy.
Although I sometimes suggest a narrative title (as in this case) it is almost invariably an afterthought and is probably unnecessary. Certainly my enjoyment derives from the pattern itself.
Some of the ‘seaweed doodles’ are figurative in character, such as those below.
It is worth repeating that nothing has been added to these images and nothing removed – other than the sand! Removing the colour and texture of the sand gives clarity to the shapes. A little colour saturation has sometimes been used for artistic purposes. All of the photos were taken in the small Periglis Bay on the island of St Agnes in the Isles of Scilly.
Near the high tide line, fine, thin strands of seaweed often form delicate shapes, sometimes resembling floral patterns or intricate, decorative ironwork.
As previously, these examples are substantially as seen; nothing has been added or removed other than the sand texture. A little Photoshop tweeking has sometimes been used to sharpen the image or to increase colour saturation.