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Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT

24/04/2016

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” Pablo Picasso

Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT - Flight Mobile by Alexander Calder at JFK Airport in Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT – Flight Mobile by Alexander Calder at JFK Airport in Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT - Flight Mobile by Alexander Calder at JFK Airport in Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT – Flight Mobile by Alexander Calder at JFK Airport in Collage

I was at JFK on Thursday night seeing off a dear friend, Esmeralda, who was on her way to visit her family in Italy. As we waved goodbye, something hanging on the ceiling caught my eye and I decided to take a closer look. It was an abstract piece of art and even though I had no idea what it was at the time, I took a few pictures and filed them away. As it turned out, this week’s photo challenge calls for something in the abstract and those pictures came to mind. I decided to do a bit of homework before posting them and found out they were by the renowned artist/sculptor, Alexander Calder. They were from a series he did on flight and flying… So the name of that piece is Flight and it is created in the style of a mobile; just like the one you see hanging over a baby’s crib/cot.  What came to mind when you saw the collage? I hope you like it.

 

“The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.” Lucian Freud

Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT - Flight Mobile by Alexander Calder at JFK Airport in Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT – Flight Mobile by Alexander Calder at JFK Airport in Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT - Flight Mobile by Alexander Calder at JFK Airport in Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT – Flight Mobile by Alexander Calder at JFK Airport in Collage

Even though Calder used minimal colors in the piece, he was a fan of red, I decided to add some psychedelic colors to the mix and created a few more combinations of the collage I created. I used a couple of color contrasts in Pixl Express and it was kinda fun to play around with the different templates. The quotes by Picasso and Lucian Freud had me thinking. It’s fascinating to consider their points of view. Do they make sense to you?  The quotes make sense in that we always start the creative process somewhere, maybe with an idea, and then it becomes something completely different. Looking at the piece at the airport without any knowledge of its history, all I saw was an abstract piece. But, once I got some context, it all made sense to me, no?

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“In the abstract conception of universal wrong, all concrete responsibility vanishes.” Theodor Adorno

Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT - Flight Mobile by Alexander Calder at JFK Airport in Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT – Flight Mobile by Alexander Calder at JFK Airport in Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT - Flight Mobile by Alexander Calder at JFK Airport in Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT – Flight Mobile by Alexander Calder at JFK Airport in Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT - Flight Mobile by Alexander Calder at JFK Airport in Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge: ABSTRACT – Flight Mobile by Alexander Calder at JFK Airport in Collage

Above is one of my original shots  of Calder’s hanging mobile/Flight mobile at the airport and a collage I created of same. What does it look like to you? Did the idea of a mobile in flight strike you before you got some insight into the original idea behind the design? Do you even like abstract art or concepts? Do share.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: ABSTRACT This week, turn the concrete and familiar into something new and mysterious. Find your own (proverbial?) chestnut tree. Point your camera at something familiar and turn it into something else. Whether it’s a wall in your house, a friend’s arm, or a billboard seen from afar, we may or may not recognize what it actually is. But we’ll certainly discover something else about it in the process. I look forward to seeing your take on abstract photography!

Positive Motivation Tip:  If we pay attention, we can find beautiful things even in the most mundane places.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos copyrighted and from my Personal Collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. Frank Simpson permalink
    24/04/2016 4:50 pm

    Well Done!! 🙂

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  2. Shannon Graham permalink
    24/04/2016 8:34 pm

    I love the quote by Lucian Freud describing what happens the longer you look at an object. I find this happening to me with the letters in words. The pictures are beautiful.

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  3. Inspiring Kitchen permalink
    24/04/2016 9:00 pm

    I love what you did with the photo. I also love the new look of your page.

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  4. mskathykenny permalink
    24/04/2016 9:53 pm

    I love the play on the colors. They give off different vibes which gives off different feelings.

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  5. 24/04/2016 10:37 pm

    Yes brilliant Eliz, it looks like butterflies with their delicate motion.

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  6. Goz permalink
    25/04/2016 1:48 am

    This is really beautiful Elizabeth. I find Picasso ‘s comment very interesting and I am pondering it.. I suppose the whole idea of looking at things from whole new angles can apply to human relationships also . . when we refuse to ‘box’ people into categories and so forth, we are more likely to discover who they truly are, in all their multifacets. People evolve through experiences, environments, relationships etc – ever changing, no matter how subtle, so that the person you are today may not be who you were last year..and who you were last year is become an abstract.

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  7. Jessica permalink
    25/04/2016 3:55 am

    I love the Picasso quote at the beginning. I like your perspective!

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  8. Nicole Herose Cochingco Escat permalink
    25/04/2016 4:37 am

    I like how the way you do the photos! I enjoyed reading this. Keep it up!

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  9. Sarah Bailey permalink
    25/04/2016 4:53 am

    Now those are some wonderfully abstract looking photos – took me a while to see the original picture haha! x

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  10. bismah2010 permalink
    25/04/2016 7:09 am

    I had no idea that this was a flight mobile. To me it looked like a vase with the leaves from flowers hanging over. I enjoy looking at abstract art and was way off on this one.

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  11. Nicole Haas Etolen permalink
    25/04/2016 7:13 am

    This is really wonderful and great! Love how the way you play to photos. Thanks!

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  12. Rosey permalink
    25/04/2016 8:35 am

    Abstract really does turn into something real. That is true in the classroom and in life.

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  13. thehamiltoninc permalink
    25/04/2016 9:19 am

    You’re right. Beauty can be found anywhere with a decent eye. I love the photos. Alexander Calder did a really nice job. Now I want to look at the rest of his work.

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    • 25/04/2016 10:28 am

      Yes he always made huge, magnificent sculptures and you can find them in big cities like Chicago and New York. Follow the links to learn more. TY! 🙂

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