Expressionism and Abstraction October 2019

Chris Wright Photo Trips

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

Pierced Industrial Screen. I headed off to New Westminster in early October and I was very pleased to see an interesting building facade on a new parkade! With multiple exposures and a slight sideways shift for each exposure, the result is very compelling both in form, tone, and texture.

Coloured and Illuminated Columns. This composition resulted from experimenting with a window wall and multiple exposures. I was pleased with the initial results, but continued working it until I had the right balance of movement and consistency in the elements.

Heavy Iron In Motion. One of the qualities I find with the expressionism is the ability to impart motion to the subject. While this quality can often times run counter to my preference for the calming static compositions I normally create, there are times where I can enjoy that.

Abstracted Perspective. I used a two multiple exposure with the second one inverted 180 degrees to put an interesting take on the facade on the Science World building.

Curved Rectangular Questions. At the Science World is the question mark sculpture that I have turned into an interesting study in form. I used a two multiple exposure and carefully lined up the curved section to ensure the symmetry was balanced and aligned.

Voyage of the Clerestory Windows. Walking through the Granville Island Market, I spotted a long row of clerestory windows. Using multiple exposures and a sideways and slight upwards motion during those exposures, I created a sense of movement and indeed flight.

Curved Slot Study. At the Olympic Village are metal tables with grooves cut in them. I used a set of multiple exposure with consistent sideways movement for each exposure. I was pleased with the various tones that resulted from the areas of overlap; light silver grey, mid grey, and dark grey.

The Colourful Creative Brain. I used several multiple exposures with a slight sideways movement for each exposure. The resulting shape reminded me of a brain diagram. Those dots are actually the out of focus lights on the science world dome. As it was just after sunset, the blue hour was still present providing the blue background colour.

Posted Ebb and Flow. I rocked the camera side to side creating a set of thin triangles with interesting tones from the rust and algae covered bridge pilings (Coquitlam River).

Intersecting Griffiths Arch. The arch of the Griffiths Street pedestrian bridge has been repeated twice with careful intersection of the two.

Textured Squares and Diamonds. I liked the sense of form and texture in this abstract view of concrete steps. I used a two multiple exposure with the second exposure tilted to 45 degrees.

Red Oval Displacement. I spotted this window on an SFU campus building with a set of ovals and interconnected half oval decorations. I knew I wanted a sideways and upward movement to show movement and various shades of that strong red.

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  1. Thanks, Chris.
    I like especially the pilings photo with its blend of warm & cool tones. It’s relaxing to look at.
    It’s interesting that multiple exposures can lighten something solid/heavy.

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      Hi Lynn, thanks for the comment on that photo. I wasn’t sure if I was going to include it so it’s nice to hear you like it!

  2. I really like the way you are able to zero in and select so many different abstract qualities from the reality.

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