Week 38: Abstract | 2018 Project 52

The older I’ve gotten, the more I appreciate abstract art and photography. The fact that something looks so random and not thought through, but in reality each brush stroke or movement or setting is deliberate. The artist changes something ever so slightly in their next move to bring what’s in their head to life. You’ve got to slow down to appreciate abstract art; take in the whole piece first, but then dissect it as your eyes move across it. It begins to tell you a story.

I told myself I wanted to make more art this year. I haven’t done that, not in practice, but I will say that I’ve had fun with the abstract photos I’ve created. I felt like I was on a role at the start of the year and, well, work blew up in my face. (In a good way, but still, it took time away from my photography.) But playing with abstract this week… so much fun!


Settings: f/14.0, 1/5 sec, 70mm, ISO 100
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

I had the idea to use stuff, anything, from our kitchen for this week’s abstract photo. I played with food and tools… but ended up liking a pan with holes in it best. I moved lights in front of and behind it, changed my settings a few different ways, and decided that the light behind made the most interesting shapes.

This one is my favorite. With intentional camera movement, you sometimes have to try several times to get the shape that you want. And these little waves make me so happy. The light in the background did a great job highlighting them in the center and natural light helped the pattern carry over on top. The bottom just melted into darkness, making those little waves look like a spotlight. There are light and shadows and everything in between.

Week 39: Photographer’s Choice
due 09.26.18

We have three quarters of 2018 behind us already this year… so let’s do another photographer’s choice prompt!

For this week, anything goes this week. If there’s something you’ve been wanting to photograph or you have an event on your calendar, take advantage of it. Or if you’re not sure, maybe revisit one of the prompts from earlier this year that you’d like to master. All I ask is be yourself – shoot with your heart, find your intentions and tell us your story. The only rule is to pick your favorite and ONLY SHARE ONE IMAGE in the #2018P52 Flickr group. It can be hard to do, but that’s part of becoming a better photographer – being able to make that choice.

If you need some inspiration or help to narrow down your images, look back at Week 12 and Week 25 posts for some resources I linked up!

Last week’s photo: Triangle #2018P52

If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2018P52 so that we can find your work and share some hearts!

Have questions about 2018 Project 52? You can find more about it here or in the 2018P52 Flickr group description. Join us any time with any camera!