Photography By Barrie Dale A.G.S.A

A Painted Ship Upon A Painted Ocean

A Painted Ship Upon A Painted Ocean

This is an example of single-edition distinctive abstract art.

Capturing Abstract Art.

It is a close-up image of the orchid Phalaenopsist. I took it looking into strong sunlight.  To get depth, I directed the camera across a petal in the foreground, towards a gap between two other petals. The stalk is in soft focus behind. 

I captured the image as soon as it appeared in the view-finder.  I now have to ask why?

My reason is that I wanted, at that time, to be on a sailing ship becalmed on a glassy sea.  The sea is one of the few places where it is possible to experience the Earth as it used to be; to me that has a great attraction. And a sailing boat is an example of something that is designed to co-operate with the elements. 

The image is typical of what can happen when you explore natural forms at high magnification.  At the outset you have no idea about what is about to appear in the view-finder.  You cannot pre-meditate such images.  Most of those that do come up are arbitrary and un-interesting.  Then one appears that captures the imagination, as here.  In this, I am trying to follow Paul Klee.  By recording only what appeals instantly I am hoping to access my pre-conscious mind, eliminating any rational thinking.  I have justified this way of working in an article that can be found at

Why Phalaenopsis?

The merit of Phalaenopsis, apart from the fact that it looks so good, is that it lasts a long time.  I am able to make detailed studies.  I am hoping that the result will be a deep appreciation and knowledge of the spirit of the flower.  In this I am trying to follow the example of Wassily Kandinsky.

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