Photography By Barrie Dale A.G.S.A

The Gondola

The Gondola

This is original natural abstract art. It is a close-up of the orchid Dendrobium. I took it looking into sunlight.

I respect five giants of Abstract Art. They are Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian, Rothko, Pollock.

Spirituality inspired Kandinsky’s work. I photograph Dendrobium repeatedly. I hope to capture the spirit of the flower.

Klee tried to explore his pre-conscious mind. I capture only images with instant appeal. This should eliminate the intellect. I want to probe the pre-conscious.

Mondrian is difficult to respond to. His need was simplicity. He sought dynamic balance. He balanced un-equals. His ideal was simple beauty. ‘The Gondola’ has three shapes. I hope that it is simple. The three shapes are different. There is no static balance. I hope there is dynamic balance.

The light of American plains inspired Rothko and Pollock. Their pictures shimmer. I take my images looking into the sun. I hope they are suffused with light.

So, these are my methods. I present ‘The Gondola’ as original natural abstract art

The image is natural. It is also abstract. ‘The Gondola’ does not look like a flower. This is because of four things. First, the high magnification. Only a small fraction of the flower can be seen. Second, the narrow ‘depth of field’. Only a thin slice is in focus. Third, looking into the light. Narrow beams of light penetrate. They produces un-expected patterns. Fourth, occluded light. This allows certain parts to be picked out.

I aim to show ‘less is more’. For this, I make many distinct images of single flowers. I choose Dendrobium and Phalaenopsis. They hold much artistic potential. And they last so long. I can make extended studies. Rolled out to all natural forms the scope is enormous.

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