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This seaweed ‘portrait’ (‘The pilgrim at prayer’) is exactly as observed at low tide – nothing added and nothing taken away (except the sand!)
This seaweed ‘picture’ (‘The White Knight’) is exactly as observed at low tide – nothing added an d nothing taken away (except the sand!) The colours have been changed to highlight the contrast. Other titles/interpretations are obviously possible.
For an introduction to this series see 25th October
A beach at low tide often presents a wide range of interesting shapes and patterns. Sometimes strands of seaweed, particularly in silhouette, can suggest the outlines of characters, objects or landscape features. In these instances I have retained the original shapes but have removed or neutralized the background. Otherwise there have been no additions or subtractions to the original photos.
The Age of the Selfie
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.