May 28, 2015
This entry was posted on May 28, 2015 by Linda Grashoff. It was filed under Abstracts, Built Environment, Objects and was tagged with abstract, Asheville, bales, cardboard, corrugated cardboard, North Carolina, paper recycling, photography.
This has turned out to be a wonderful series. The flattened perspective gives these an abstract painting effect. Not an easy thing to do. Great work.
May 28, 2015 at 6:17 AM
Thank you, Ken. I’m glad you have enjoyed the series. It seems to be easier for me to flatten a perspective than to portray depth. It’s probably a failing; thanks for appreciating it!
May 28, 2015 at 2:08 PM
Nice one- best so far- color and design
May 28, 2015 at 9:18 AM
Thanks, Ann. I admit that I saved my favorite for last.
May 28, 2015 at 2:09 PM
Just an excellent series – good compositions, textures, not to mention something of an understated social commentary (for me anyway)
Thanks for sharing these!
May 28, 2015 at 8:51 PM
Thank you, David. I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed this series. It was great fun to do. I’d be interested to learn what social commentary you attribute to these photos. Mostly my work is about showing beauty in unexpected places (not a strange thought to you!), but there is something here, I think, about excess—all this cardboard packaging for stuff, stuff, and more stuff. Will we ever be able to move off consumption as the driver for our economy?
May 28, 2015 at 9:42 PM
Exactly – excess stuff, over consumption, needless waste, etc. – for me, all are something of an undercurrent in these images. That’s what I mean by social commentary and the best commentary is understated (or not-stated at all) for the viewer is in freedom to imaginatively make it their own rather than be beat over the head with it.. We are generally so removed from the reality and negative impacts of our consumerist society but when confronted with the accumulated overburden of waste, I can only hope many stop to consider the true cost of our thoughtless privilege. Granted this is paper and recyclable but how about plastics? I know I refuse to buy certain things because of the packaging and perhaps more folks will begin to consider where all this unnecessary stuff ends up.
With all that said, yes, finding beauty in unexpected and unlikely places is one of our gifts as human beings. John Cage said, “Anything can be art, all you have to do is change your mind”. In this case, it’s literally trash, but what I think he means is that we can take up an artistic attitude with anything we do and thus elevate our thinking, activities, and perceptions to lead more artistic lives. And I know that living more artfully will help us to overcome our the challenges we have created in modern society.
And by the way, I know Asheville well having lived in Chapel Hill some years back so it’s pretty cool to see this side of it. Thanks!
May 28, 2015 at 10:55 PM
Thank you, David, for your extended and thoughtful response. Didn’t know that John Cage quote, a good one. You might enjoy looking at Joel Meyerowitz’s blog at http://oncemorearoundthesun.com. Besides being one of the great photographers, he has pithy things to say with words. Asheville is such a neat place; my friend there will soon move away, and I will have no more reason (except to be there) to go.
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May 29, 2015 at 1:37 PM
This is the best of this series, Linda – those vertical lines segment the image perfectly adding another ‘line’ to the otherwise abstract shapes and forms. Superb.
May 29, 2015 at 5:26 AM
Thank you, Andy. I’m happy that you agree with my pick for best. I hope I can find more places like this.
May 29, 2015 at 1:49 PM
Love this one! Just the right amount of shadow and highlight to show the texture and keep it interesting, but still have the flat, 2D effect.
June 8, 2015 at 10:55 PM
Thank you, Lynn!
June 9, 2015 at 2:55 PM
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