Misplaced Shadows

I began this study with Kandinsky’s work in mind. I wanted to create a visual relationship between crisp geometric shapes, circles and lines and some kind of formlessness. I didn’t get very far before I ran out of ideas. The organizing principle of this piece (or disorganizing principle) is the disconnection between line that could […]

Translation

I have been taking photographs of the painted portions of parking lots for quite a while now (see Parking Lot Impasto; New Paint Job, Derelict Parking Lot, Parking Lot Square, Aging Parking Lot Segment) . Part of my fascination arises from the interesting textures, and patterns of the paint and its substrate, but also from the […]

Light, Hole and Wheel

My wanderings around the parking lot during my work break seem to get later and later. Outside keeps getting darker and darker. In front of me was a scene that caught my eye, for some reason. There were three elements that I had to capture in my camera. For some reason it made visual sense. […]

Pink Bicycle

For some reason, I always like taking pictures of bicycles. Bicycles have symmetry; their styles change over the years, but the wheels stay the same. Backgrounds are equally, if not more important. Several things caught my eye in this scene. Is the bicycle rider really handicapped? The bicycle is pink (generally understood to be feminine), […]

Light Pole

I was on break, yet again today. I wandered to the warehouse wall that is a palette for the afternoon sun. This time the light pole shadow (from the same pole that wanted to be a tree, from the other day) barely reached the wall. The diagonal slats are framed by the construction elements of the […]

Left Lane Ends

Sometimes I just have to snap the shutter. I took this photo in traffic just before entering the Lincoln Tunnel, headed to New Jersey from New York City, years ago. I like the geometry of the square sign, the trapezoidal opening to the tunnel on the other side of the road and the diagonals of […]

Sprockets

Sometimes visual elements align themselves and just beg to be preserved. This happened today while I was on break. The nearly-empty parking lot caught my eye. The top of the building reminded me of the sprocket holes on the edge of a roll of film. For those of you not familiar with film, it used […]

Shading Solids

This began as a study in shading. I drew two circles, and (curved) tangents that met at two separate vanishing points. I intended these two triangular constructions to be the sources of light for each of the circles. I shaded the first circle beginning with dark on the outside gradually becoming white in the center; the other I […]

Planes, Grids and Curves

Today is another in my grid series (see Seeking Inspiration, Abstract with Grids and Circles, Harlequin Pattern). I drew two sets of intersecting lines, hiding the vertex of one of them by the unobstructed plane formed by the other. Then I divided each into a grid of rectangles, which gradually distorted into rhombus shapes. I […]