Photography By Barrie Dale A.G.S.A

A Glimpse of the Sea

A Glimpse Of The Sea

Here is some piquant natural abstract art. It is a high-magnification photograph of Phalaenopsis, taken looking into afternoon sunlight. 

At this magnification, and with this arrangement, it is possible to pick out individual pigment cells in the flower.  That is what is happening here.  It is a particular example of what can be achieved at high magnification.  For other examples please go to my article – and to the galleries at the bottom of my ‘home’ page:

The image would have appeared in a series of arbitrary, prosaic images during a search.  When it appeared I would have captured it instantly.  Why?  I expect it was because it would resonate with all those childhood holiday excitements.  At the end of a long journey, you at last were able to see the sea.  The sea!

Why does the sea have such a hold on us?  All life started in the sea, so we probably have a long-established attachment to it.  But I think also that we have a residual notion that the sea is pure and cleansing.  That is obviously not the case now, thanks to our efforts, but these sub-conscious connections may take a lot of breaking.  Finally of course, for a holiday-making child, the sea would represent fun, and I expect that stays with us too.

The image is very simple, which always appeals to me. I doubt whether any attempt at analysis would be productive.  It is an image simply to be enjoyed in its simplicity. I hope that my attachment to it is largely sub-conscious, and that Paul Klee would approve.

The image is available as a single-issue, high-quality print, mounted and framed to the highest possible standards. Please see http://www, .

I hope you have found this example of piquant natural abstract art at least piquant and at least natural.