I recently joined a new group on Facebook called “Abstract Landscape Photography”. It is fascinating to see the sort of work other photographers put up, and also how they interpret the definition of “Abstract Landscape”. Someone, for example, has some images of the inside of a working hospital. They’re very interesting, and do make a good Contemporary Photography set. They might, just, fit the definition because they are details of the urban landscape.
The images I have put up are much more “outdoors landscape”, but I too have a soft spot for photography of the small details that together make up the broader landscape.
A couple of years ago I was on a walk in the Cotswolds after prolonged heavy rain. The rivers were all very full indeed, and the fields in the river valleys were flooded. It was a clear frosty day and I was struck by the reflected trees in a flooded field. The light breeze rippled the water surface. A quick flip in Photoshop so it was upside down, and the image was sorted.
Cold mornings with dew on the grass can be delightful. Here I have used a long focal length lens to separate the grass from the background. I chose the widest lens aperture I had, focused on a few blades and let the rest go out of focus. The out-of-focus dew droplets have caused “bokeh” highlight circles which are very attractive. You can see that there are fields in the background, which give the grass context.
There’s no water in this image. There was water here at some stage in the past, but this Dorset mud is now dry so it has cracked. It’s an image that’s fractal. As you go closer in there’s another network of smaller cracks, and so on. I’ve chosen to exclude anything that gives an idea of scale, which adds to the abstraction from reality.
I’m hoping to learn from the images other people put up, as I hope they might learn something from my work. They do seem to “Like” it.