Abstracts in nature

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts

Some people like abstracts, many don’t. Though not a big fan of abstract art myself, I will admit to enjoying photographing abstracts in nature. I look for repeating patterns, shapes and forms that don’t make sense and light or shadows that change the look of a common subject.

Here are three images of natural abstracts that caught my eye. The first, known as pancake ice, forms when salty seawater starts to freeze and wave action keeps it from becoming solid. The second is tiles formed when mud flats in Death Valley dry up. Nearly as strong as a baked terracotta pot, they can last for years.

Mud Tiles

The final image is ripples in the sand of the Sahara Desert. The late evening light creates strong shadows. A narrow depth of field, or focus area, leaves the top and bottom out of focus adding to the mystery.

Not everyone likes this type of art, however discovering and creating these abstracts is fun for this photographer.

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street where you can stop and see their work. Their website is www.ChristopherRobinArts.com. All works are copyright protected.

Drifting Dunes






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