Light and abstraction

by Helen Hooker September. 13, 2018 2465 views
On my walk to Tate Modern I found this enticing pool of light, just waiting for some shadows to walk through

On my walk to Tate Modern I found this enticing pool of light, just waiting for some shadows to walk through

Sometimes a little photographic inspiration is needed, so I visited Tate Modern today for exactly that. The current exhibition there, The Shape of Light, features a mix of abstract photography and art and I’ve been trying to find a time to see it since May. It was worth the visit as it gave me lots of ideas about photographic techniques I should try more often.

"But is it art?"

"But is it art?"

Capturing the view across the River Thames

Capturing the view across the River Thames

Looking down into the Turbine Hall - a mix of abstract and humanity

Looking down into the Turbine Hall - a mix of abstract and humanity

The sunshine falling through the Turbine Hall windows was fleeting so I made the most of it!

The sunshine falling through the Turbine Hall windows was fleeting so I made the most of it!

Playing with silhouettes

Playing with silhouettes

The brickwork to the right of the couple photographed above reveals a fascinating patchwork of the outside world

The brickwork to the right of the couple photographed above reveals a fascinating patchwork of the outside world

Refreshed by the exhibition, I spent the rest of the afternoon at Tate Modern, seeking out architectural shapes and people that appealed to me. I found myself looking more for abstract images among this former power station’s architectural lines. As I did so, I found several situations where including the human form added a sense of proportion and scale.

An abstract of the circular staircase

An abstract of the circular staircase

Looking down at the street from the top of the Switch House - more long shadows

Looking down at the street from the top of the Switch House - more long shadows

Another patchwork of London architecture. If you look closely you can see some minuscule people cleaning the windows on the far right hand side of the frame!

Another patchwork of London architecture. If you look closely you can see some minuscule people cleaning the windows on the far right hand side of the frame!

More abstraction inside the Switch House

More abstraction inside the Switch House

I love the public spaces in the Switch House - great for people watching!

I love the public spaces in the Switch House - great for people watching!

I shot this with and without the human element but decided this worked better

I shot this with and without the human element but decided this worked better

A window on the world, from where to sketch one's surroundings

A window on the world, from where to sketch one's surroundings

13 September 2018

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Oppuku Chappani 1 year ago

A very nice set indeed.

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Ronnel De Guzman 1 year, 1 month ago

Stunning!

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Enrico Sottocorna 1 year, 1 month ago

Mi piace molto il tuo modo di fotografare e il tuo BW +1

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Anna Molly 1 year, 1 month ago

Beautiful work!!

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Petr Macek 1 year, 1 month ago

#6 Love the "Looking down into the Turbine Hall" one. It has great sense of space and I like the pattern a lot.

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Gitte Nielsen 1 year, 2 months ago

Very nice shots ! :-)

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Radha Mistry 1 year, 2 months ago

Very beautiful pictures.

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 1 year, 2 months ago

A lesson on how to take pictures on a museum and so on

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

Can you believe  that I almost missed this post. Love the style of this set. B&W was the correct way to go with it. I can see you really thought about light and shadow when taking these. Lovely

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 1 year, 2 months ago

Brilliant series! All to faves!

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Ram Ya 1 year, 2 months ago

Helen, your photos are amazing! I like a photo that makes me stop scrolling and stare at it for a minute. 
You should be doing an exhibit 🙂

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