Category - Exposed

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In my 'Exposed' series of articles I reveal some of the secrets behind how I created my images.  If you don't want to know how I made this image, then STOP reading now!

'Eye See You' - Abstract Photography by Jane Trotter

Imperfection can be an opportunity in disguise. This is the case with ‘Eye See You’. If I hadn’t been observant, and studied a small detail which seemed slightly out of place, I would never have discovered the subject matter for this unusual image.

Bedroom window

In our bedroom, there’s a small leadlight window overlooking our next-door neighbour’s deck and back yard. In fact, our house has quite a lot of lead-light work (a product of the 1940s when the house was built, I suppose). I’m a big fan of these types of windows, and love how the different textures of the glass can create a myriad of distorted shapes. I sometimes get in very close and enthusiastically peer through – not when my neighbours are relaxing on their deck of course!

Air bubble on bedroom window

On one occasion, in one of these ‘up close and personal’ moments, I started to pay particular attention to a small defect in the glass. I’d noticed it before, but hadn’t really given it a lot of thought. It was a small air bubble (check out the blue arrow in the photo above).

Close up of air bubble

I started to move around in front of the window, bobbing my head up and down and from side to side, exploring this tiny bubble to see what effects I could conjure up. I was delighted to find that I could create a circular shape around the bubble itself if I positioned myself in the right spot.

Deciding that this was definitely worthy of a photo shoot, I grabbed my camera and macro lens, and started experimenting.

Original in-camera shot

Many of the shots just didn’t work, but this one was special. I’d managed to capture what looked like a slightly surreal and mysterious eye… looking back at me!

'Eye See You' - Abstract Photography by Jane Trotter

For the final image, I decided to crop into the shot to exaggerate, not only the eye, but also the textures created by the glass.

My hope is that the viewer will imagine the weather-worn hide of some unidentified creature - place the ‘eye’ within a ‘body’ and bring the whole image into ‘life’.

About the Author

Jane Trotter is an abstract photographer living in Dunedin, New Zealand. Reimagining everyday objects found around the home, Jane transforms them into colourful and dramatic pieces of contemporary art.

Jane Trotter