January 26, 2020 — The Thórbergur Center, Hali Country Hotel, South Coast, Iceland
In a recent blog post, Bruce Percy articulated an aim I’ve had for quite a long time. I’ll quote him:
“For me, a picture isn’t about what is there. It’s not about trees, snow, sky, mountains, rivers, etc, etc. Instead, photos are about graphical forms and tone. They are pictures instead of photos. It’s a subtle difference, but a difference nonetheless.”
To Bruce’s “graphical forms and tone” I will add texture.￼
This picture appeared when I enlarged the image shown in the last two posts to 100% in DxO to verify focus as part of my original selection process. There it was: pure form and tone with a juxtaposition of texture. It called to me instantly, and it’s obvious to me now that it’s a significant part of what called to me when I originally saw the scene outside the bus window on January 26.
The artifacts from the extreme enlargement are intentional.￼ The requisite roughness.
And no, I’ve never personally met Mark Rothko. Somehow fittingly, I was born right around the time he was painting the canvases that speak to me so well.
(Canon G5X II. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)