Expressionism and Abstraction January 2020

Chris Wright Photo Trips

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

Intersected Drops. At the Vancouver Convention Centre is the iconic sculpture The Drop by Inges Idee. In this composition, I have used three multiple exposures where the third intersects each of the two vertical exposures.

Red Bench on Lower Burrard Street. I like the interplay between the bright red bench, the dark tile, and the strong straight silver elements in the back.

Lynn Creek Reflections. I was really taken with the various reflections and colours in Lynn Creek. I wanted to book match those reflections as much as possible to provide symmetry to it.

Power Tangle on East Kent Avenue. In a recent article, I provided a representational photo of these power poles along East Kent Avenue. I also tried various expressionism compositions. I felt that this one provided the right symmetry, though the colour was a bit distracting. With the conversion to black and white it allowed the pattern and various tonal ranges to be dominant.

Nestled Inner Reflection. The Vancouver Public Library in the downtown has a curved wall that I thought would make an interesting composition if it was book matched.

Pacific Centre Orb. The glass dome at the Georgia Street entrance to the Pacific Centre shopping mall makes an interesting abstract.

Woven Spring. At the Robson Square is Alan Chung Hung’s Spring sculpture. This was my second attempt at creating an abstract of it and I was pleased with the results this time. The sparkling raindrops add some tone and texture and were a fortunate addition.

Becoming the Art. I noticed this bright coloured abstract painting in a lobby though without access to it, I could only photograph it from the outside. I knew that the reflections in the window were going to be obvious in the result, so I wondered if I could use that as part of the composition? I positioned myself so that the reflection of my bright yellow jacket was included in the area of the artwork. I feel that the result is very successful with the artist melding into the colourful abstract painting, all of which is surrounded by grey-blue tones.

Inscribed Triangles. With several multiple exposures and a slight rotation between each, this building façade at BCIT becomes a study in triangles.

Fused Glass Awnings. I have always been intrigued with the reflected distortions in window walls. With this multiple exposure of two, I was able to repeat that distortion and add a bit of intrigue with the repeated glass awning.

Floating BCIT Cube. At the Burnaby campus is a metal clad building with the BCIT name written sideways. Using a multiple exposure of two, and careful alignment of each, I was able to produce an abstract that appears to be floating in the sky.

Alder and Light Pole on Pathway. This was a productive location near my house where I made several successful compositions. On one side of the pathway were red alders with white toned bark, and the other side was galvanized steel light poles. With strong sideways lighting on those reflective surface, I figured it could create a “tunnel” effect. I selected seven multiple exposures and while shooting those, zoomed in.

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  1. My faves are: – Intersected Drops
    – Woven Spring
    – Nestled Inner Reflection
    – Lynn Creek Reflections

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