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Pairing down an image to its most basic design structure is one of the things I enjoy most about working with abstracts. In some ways, it’s a bit like learning to see the wood from the trees, searching for the simplest presentation amongst a bewildering overabundance of compositional possibilities. Deciding where and how to place that minimal material within the frame has caused me many creative conundrums.
Such was the case with ‘Encoiled’. The object itself is very simple, but I could manipulate it into many varied positions, and equally, move myself around to take advantage of different points of view. Narrowing down these possibilities and refining my approach took several days’ attempts before I was satisfied I was on the right track. Finally I could find my way out of the forest, following the simplest of curves as my guiding path.
The article ‘Exposed #19: Encoiled‘ outlines how I created this image ‘in camera’, but don’t click the link if you want to preserve the mystery!