Abstracting Sunset

Abstracting Sunset – June Perkins

I enjoy the process of abstracting in my photographs.  This involves removing some elements to simplify what I am seeing, like an abstract artist.   The element  I am removing in the above image  is the sharp focus.

Below is a gallery of recent abstractions of sunset.  I’d like to try more of these and explore an idea of a person, light, a drop of water – but by deliberately reducing the focus.

What does making the shape and colour of it less sharp do for the viewer?

I wonder what these abstractions say.  Do they say we see more clearly the less we focus on the sharp outlines and the deeper we look?  Do they invite the gaze to look more closely at the essential nature of things?

Do the show a process of a loss of eyesight?

What do they say to you?  This gallery shows the process of ‘abstraction,’ with the aid of my manual focus.

5 thoughts on “Abstracting Sunset

  1. Interesting photos and questions. The abstract photos remind me of those images that flit across my mind just before I fall asleep.


  2. That’s an interesting exercise, to remove the distractions and leave only the essence. The first one is such a compelling image.


  3. I have things like that cross my eyes when I daydream and shut my eyes in sunlight – I remember once having a dream which was a sequence of colours and blurs and wondering what it wasn’t dark at all.
    Thanks Suzanne for sharing that.


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