I recently received my latest copy of Digital Photo Magazine, most likely my last unless I shell out some money now that the initial sub has lapsed. It’s a handy little magazine despite the fact that purely half of the magazine is made up of just advertisements.
Anyway, one of the articles caught my attention. Specifically, one of the photographers: Tiffini Myers, a photo student of the author from the Art Institute of California. Unlike a lot of the photographers featured in the magazine, Ms. Myers shoots images that I relate to: abstracts. If you’re interested in seeing her images, go here for her Flickr stream. Incidentally Ms. Myers, I suggest a watermark is a really good idea now that you’re exposed to more people.
My favorite part of the article was the explanation of each image – how it was shot, and what, exactly, the subject was. The images ranged from abstracts of vases to a car window in a car wash, and they all were vibrant and interesting. Her images were inspiring – I don’t work with color and abstract as much as I would like to, and perhaps this article was the push I needed to go experiment some more.
In the spirit of explanation, this image is of icicles. After our last 8-9 inches of snow (on top of 5-6 already) the icicles hanging off our house have grown to epic proportions. Despite the obvious safety issues, they’re beautiful. If the ones in the front grow a little more, I can get decently lit images of the 3 foot long spikes dangling off our eaves and the power line. Despite precariously clinging to a ladder, the best image I’ve gotten so far is a lower version hanging off our air conditioner.
It’s not very colorful at all, and I debated making it a pure monochrome image. It lost some of the richness of the shadows, so I stuck with the color after all.