In the Shintoist shrines in Kyoto (and, I’m assuming, elsewhere in Japan) there often are these beautiful little basins with wooden ladles in front of them that worshippers use to clean their hands. When I walked into this temple near Gion after nightfall I was struck by the contrast between the clear wood of the ladles and the dark surroundings. I shot from above, not really seeing what I was framing. It turned out to be more interesting than I thought, in a quasi abstract way.
*Three Yellow Bands*
The Berlin metro is yellow and old, two things that make it photographically interesting. Using this to my advantage, I shot this quasi-abstract as the metro was speeding out of the station.
Walking the tiny streets of La Paz looking for souvenirs and typical stuff I saw all kinds of things both wonderful (like these bead necklaces) and grotesque (like dried llama foetuses to bury under your new home for good luck). The most important thing to me was that although the street stalls catered for tourists, they also catered for locals and it all felt real. I tried to capture that in this quasi-abstract shot.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 400
From the top of the San Catalina tower in Valencia, the view is magnificent, but the best thing is looking down into the narrow staircase. Looking back at this picture, I find it verging on the abstract, and it reminds me of the graphical world of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas…
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 800
I don’t usually do these kinds of abstracts, but there was something fascinating about the way the reflected branches of this ancient tree reflected in the pond as my son threw pebbles in the water.
Canon A2, 20mm, f/8, 1/50s, ISO 400
Film: Fuji Pro 400 H
When you fly to Aarhus in Denmark as I had the opportunity to do a few weeks ago, you have to walk through a mile-long corridor between the vast international terminal of Copenhagen Kastrup and the minuscule national terminal. It’s a boring walk, but architecturally that corridor is very interesting. Since I had time to kill, I did a number of shots, but the most intriguing in its abstractness is this one.
I am sometimes astounded at what a pesly little smartphone can produce provided you have enough light. This is an iphone shot, from the side of an Airplane (which won’t surprise you). It’s quite abstract, but intriguing all the same.