Abstracting reality: abstracted art
Art pieces can be turned into abstractions as well, as shown by several examples in Hennie Schaper's photography.
In his own words: "Photographing art with the purpose to create something new - rather than a simple depiction - is one of the harder things to do. Creating abstracts this way is even more difficult. Usually, the art piece will be a sculpture, and by focusing on a detail, one may get the abstract one wants. As always, lines and patterns play a dominant role in this."
Here are a number of examples, with his own descriptions (click on the images to see them in his Flickr site).
A detail of a paper sculpture encountered during the 2012 Kampen Art Weekend. The artist is Elsa Visser. By focusing on the hole, with a plethora of leading lines around it, I created an abstract feeling, enhanced by the black and white conversion.
An abstraction of a sculpture we encountered in an exhibition at Tours, France. The dominating curves makes the shot.
This is a close-up of a huge paper sculpture by Machteld Wijlacker, exhibited at the Zwolle Museum. The high contrast black-and-white version with its 50 shades of grey, suggest an original 2D art piece.
A huge art installation near my wife's Shanghai studio, photographed from the bottom. Great patterns, and of course with this luscious red, a black and white version would not be suitable. Even though it reminds me a bit of the vintage BBC comedy Red Dwarf, I think it is still sufficiently abstract.
A detail of a metal sculpture encountered during the 2013 Kampen Art Weekend. A stunning combination of shapes, colours and tones.
The same artist as the third example, but with a different ceramic sculpture. Also interesting how there is a visual echo between this shot and the first example.
Here we have a sculpture located in front of Kampen's new city hall. By taking the shot from inside the sculpture, looking up, a special abstract emerged.
A close-up of one of my wife's mixed media works, in this case a painting with strands of wool glued on top.
A detail of a large sculpture in the gardens of the Heino museum. Aided by the converssion to black and white, this image is reduced to an abstraction of lines and shapes.