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!

Colour Cathedral - Abstract Art by Jane Trotter

‘Colour Cathedral’ is the perfect example of the happy marriage between my music and my photography.

One day I decided to hang my colourful stripy scarf on the bookcase at the end of my piano.  The instrument’s black sheen and the reflections captured in it had always intrigued me.

Then I hit upon the idea of looking along the inside of the upturned piano lid and set up my camera at the opposite end of the piano.  This gave me a lengthy tunneling effect and more importantly, created a kaleidoscope of colours and shapes as the scarf was reflected in multiple surfaces.

This is the original, source image for ‘Colour Cathedral’.  The hinges you see in the bottom right corner belong to the lid of the piano.  In the final presentation, I rotated the image 180 degrees (as this was a far better orientation), did a little judicious cropping and tidied up the blemishes.

I hope that gives you a little insight into how I create my ‘in camera’ abstracts.  Stay tuned for more installments in the ‘Exposed’ series.

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