Some thoughts about - Abstractism and Abstract Realism

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Ganesh H Shankar
Some thoughts about - Abstractism and Abstract Realism
I made this image y'day at Ramanagar.

My first reaction was this image will find its home in my image trash since the stamens are not sharp. But the second look at it changed my views drastically. More I look at it more I like - it some how appears to my eyes as an unexplainable abstract art. May be it looks like a footprint of an animal and the color scheme seem to beautifully complement. My current feeling is sharper rendering of the stamen would have spoiled the image itself !! I hate to have a very satisfying image without consciously attempting at it (take vs make). But I must admit this is one such.

A lengthy (after) thought process about this image (and other related thoughts!) is in my new blog here.

Love to know what your views are !!
Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:43 pm
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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Sun Aug 10, 2008 1:46 pm

WOW! Brilliant work and brilliant thoughts put to words Ganesh. What you said is absolutely true, sometimes it really helps if you just let the mind wander and take its own route in imagining and interpreting the visual cues. Having everything well defined undermines the role for imagination, which is the main stimulus for abstract art. In my opinion you should not have divulged the identity of the subject so people could have come back to you telling you what they "feel" of the image. It would have been a nice experiment to see how far people let their imaginations run.
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Commentby suhas anand on Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:10 pm

first thought that comes to my mind is tiger....shto through transparent earth lying down :)....a soft tiger paw...maybe siberian :)..as sriharsha said, you should have left the subject untold...wud have been fun to see what folks imagine this to be

Commentby Apana on Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:53 pm

Ganesh, this definitely works. Love the range of tones and gradations of yellow here. Had the stamens been sharp, it would have been just another macro shot of a flower.

Apana

Commentby Kaushik Balakumar on Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:52 am

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Nice image. I would concur with you on 'foot print of an animal' look. In this case the stamen/stigma are slightly towards the right of the frame. Would like to know your thoughts on centering the stamen/stigma (i.e. shifting it towards left from where it is now)...
There's a rim-lighting (a glow) around the bottom 2 stamens & I thought it would be nice to keep them facing inside the frame (i.e. with more space to the right of them).

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:56 pm

Kaushik, I though centering it may give it a static feel, so I composed it a bit off center. May be a leaving a few pixels at the bottom may add too. One thing I found in all these composing experiements is mind can recognize very tiny shifts and it needs precise cropping. Thanks for your views..

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Commentby alwans on Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:20 pm

Loved this image a lot. The abstractism makes me visualize "Lord Ganesh" in this image. It seems he is squatting with one of the legs folded and upright, and a hand raised. The brighter petals around produce the Halo effect and the darker stamen in the center being the belly.

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