Expressionism and Abstraction August 2019

Chris Wright Photo Trips

Welcome to this month’s showcase of expressionism and abstract photos.

Q Treble. The rotating “Q” sign at the Lonsdale Quay Market. With careful use of shutter speed sufficient to render the letter sharp, and 3 multiple exposures, the sign appears in a very unique composition. The results were so pleasing, I took many different compositions and while I enjoyed them all, picking just one for this article was very difficult!

Triple Double Yellow. I spotted these two yellow metal chairs at The Shipyards in North Vancouver and I liked the idea of having two strong elements, the chairs and the grey concrete floor. Using a tripod, I took three exposures moving the camera in equal increments for each.

Textured Bubblegum. Even though it lacks characteristics that I normally find comfort in, such as symmetry and defined elements, I really like this composition. There is a certain free form and immediacy to it, along with the bright regions of colour. The brick wall is painted in curved sectioning of bright colour and this composition uses intentional camera rocking and multiple exposures. This is located in the Fun Alley in the City of North Vancouver.

Corrugated Colour Peaks. In this photograph, multiple exposures are used with careful sideways panning to create a coloured corrugated appearance in the painted sections of the Fun Alley.

Light Threads Plus. One of the items I was eager to try with Expressionism and Abstraction was night scenes. This photograph captures the reflected light from strip lighting reflected in a puddle at The Shipyards. Multiple exposures and camera movement in a slightly circular fashion and latterly produced the effect. I liked the idea of the lighted “threads” set against the blue toned water framed by the mauve tone from other lighting.

Oscillating Division of Windows. At The Shipyards, the early evening blue light was reflected in one of the work shed windows. Centering an orange coloured beam and using multiple exposures with back and forth camera movement created an interesting set of repeating lines and tension in the scene.

Variegated Froot Loop Plane. At the SFU Burnaby campus is the student union building, still under construction. The overhanging roof has multi-coloured slats and with carefully camera movement and multiple exposures, it forms a striking composition. Rotating the image ninety degrees brings power and definition to the composition. The colours are so strong they reminded me of the colours of froot loop cereal (and yes, that is the correct spelling of the cereal, given that there is no actual fruit in them!)

Clarity in Time and Space. I took the idea for this composition from the words “age” and “clock” to create an image showing the passage of time. The slats on either side are very dark while the lights in the Polygon Gallery are very bright. I took a few multiple exposures with one of them having no camera movement and the next few with lateral movement. The resulting photo has streaks representing the passage of time while the sign remains relatively sharp and clear.

Rectangle Angularity. I have posted previous photos created with multiple exposures and rotating the camera on a fixed point through 180 degrees. While I liked those photos, I wanted to create a composition that had more clarity and alignment to it. I used a fast enough shutter to freeze the action and only rotated the camera through about 45 degrees, starting and stopping at the same but opposite position. I was impressed with the results where the rectangles in the lower third are clear and then the “fuzzy noise” in the upper third. Taken at the SFU Burnaby campus.

Vitruvian Rectangles. Using the same technique noted in the previous photo, I worked on a different scene and loved the patterning that was formed. I feel it is probably one of my strongest expressionism and abstract photos.

Lily Pad Rhythm. While out hiking and photographing in the lower Hollyburn area last weekend, I wondered if I could express these lily pads in a more repetitive and interesting pattern. I moved the camera on the tripod a defined distance for each of the multiple exposures, resulting in a unified and sharp composition. I tried a few different compositions where the spacing was increased. I liked this spacing as it created a solid block of lily pads in each of the three bands (the power of three!).

Expansion and Contraction Symmetry. The SFU Surrey campus building has an interesting facade of windows and these curving white lines. I used multiple exposures and free hand moved the camera a defined distance to fill in the pattern of lines.

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  1. You are certainly adding to the artistic endeavors of this creative way of photographing. Your images are impressive.

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  2. Chris you are very creative, of all, the lily pads speak to me the most, there is a tranquil appeal of the colors and textures. Thank you for inspiring me.

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      Thanks Linda, nice to hear about the lily pads. They worked out well and I was pleased with the result.

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