PATTERNS: verticals and horizontals:
A photograph of Giacometti a third of the way across the road in Paris, hurrying to the cafe where Cartier-Bresson is waiting for him, his raincoat tucked over his head because he has neither hat nor umbrella. It looks as though his head has been displaced from his neck to his upper chest.
The two trees and the line of circular road marks give the picture a 3D effect. The timing of the photograph captures Giacometti in the centre of this playful picture which like another of Cartier-Bresson’s caught-in-the-rain photographs (man jumping over a puddle ) is playful and brilliantly composed and has the feel of a frozen moment of time.
PATTERNS: Squares and oblongs:
‘Departures’ by Philip Reeves. Why is it called ‘Departures’? I don’t know. Do the blocks signify land and the top unblocked third, the sea? I don’t know. Why do I like it? Why don’t I get tired looking at it? I don’t know
PATTERNS: Verticals and horizontals; oblongs and circles.
I took this photograph of a car park early one morning and felt that the oblong shapes and the upright lined and the circular forms and the 3 dimensional white block and the 2 dimensional blackish shadow gave the picture an interesting abstract quality. It reminded me of Philip Reeves’ ‘Departures’.
PATTERNS: Tidal; rhythmic; browns, golds, whites,blues.
This is a photograph of a rusty sheet of metal. It looks like a burning wave of the sea breaking on a fuzzy beach. Or I can see a bluish, large-headed, catlike creature looking at something out of the photograph as it begins to climb a golden tree. Or….
PATTERNS: A big square with vivid, busy green, blue, red, white, interlocking patterns inside.
An Eastern rug hung out to dry
in a Scottish garden caught my eye
PATTERNS: Oblongs; horizontals; 2- dimensional.
I don’t like the rough textures or the muddy colours of the fields but the shapes are quite interesting; I would like to see this as an abstract painting. I would also prefer an overhead viewpoint rather than the take from an angle. But hey, it’s not that bad, it was just a view I thought was okay at the time.