Tag Archive: abstract

Instagram a Day: Day 8

After completing this project for a whole week I almost forgot to take a photo on day 8. Driving somewhere at dusk I snapped this photo of a large enclosed electrical outpost area. That’s the technical term you know. Due to the low light and movement it created an abstract effect. I love the giant spark plug looking things, another technical term. ūüėú


I just added tons of magnets to my Etsy Shop. These are all handmade by me, using original photos and drawings. Check them out!

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Three more random shots. 299 is of a necklace my Mom got for me for Christmas. It is a tree with a disk that has my daughter’s name on it. I need to get one made with my son’s name too. That way both my children will be close to my heart. I won’t mention the major cleavage going on. 300 was taken on another walk. I like how the shot is just my leg, makes it a bit abstract. Plus that crazy, dark shadow jutting out is pretty neat. 301 is a very similar shot to one I took at the beginning of the series with my actual camera. I like the original one better.


“The family is a haven in a heartless world.” ~Attributed to Christopher Lasch


“Walks. The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird.” ~Jules Renard


“Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with.” ~Terri Guillemets

All of these photos have something in common, the bathroom. 290: in the bathroom at work. I like the lines on the wall coming toward me. 291: outside a bathroom door at a restaurant. 292: just out of the shower. I like this shot for its composition and my expression. 293: taken at the same time as 292, abstract body shot. All of these are interesting in their own way. It is funny that I took 4 photos in a row in the bathroom at different times.


“I have no name My name is silence” ~Agnete M. Kirkevaag


“Look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man and work like a dog.” ~Caroline K. Simon


“Wash out your ego every once in a while, as cleanliness is next to godliness not just in body but in humility as well.” ~Terri Guillemets



“We don’t stop at our skin.” ~Dolores Krieger

All three of these photos were taken with an awesome app I had on my phone. It was filters that looked like ¬†all different types of old school medium format cameras. I loved that app, but my phone was erased and now I can’t find it anymore. I was playing around with the different filters. I loved that they looked so dark, blurry, scratched, etc… I enjoy all three of these photos. 269, wet hair. 270, sitting on the kitchen counter with a paper snowflake on the cabinet door that my son made. 271, a bit abstract with a couch close-up.


“It’s always the badly dressed people who are the most interesting.” ~Jean Paul Gaultier


“Brew me a cup for a winter’s night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I’ll toast our bright eyes,
my sweetheart fair.”
~Minna Thomas Antrim


“Time wastes our bodies and our wits, but we waste time, so we are quits.” ~Author Unknown

Both of these shots were taken in the backyard of the apartment we ended up renting. It was August last year and I snatched up a cheap apartment even though we didn’t end up moving in until November. The backyard’s fence was the wall of the City Point National Cemetery in Hopewell, Virginia. I really love cemeteries and literally having one in the backyard was pretty awesome. The first shot is a straight shot with the graves in the background. The second was edited in Photoshop, obviously. Not really happy with either one of these shots. They are ok, I guess.


“All say, “How hard it is that we have to die” – a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.” ~Mark Twain


“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” ~Henry Miller

This was my first shot using my son’s little point and shoot Nikon after my camera stopped working. The image quality of that camera is horrible, only because I think he didn’t take very good care of it. He also played with all the settings and even after I reset them, the quality was still poor. I think he got it when he was 5 so, you know, it can’t last very long with a 5 year old boy with ADHD. At the time it was the only digital camera that I had to work with to keep this project going. That is why this first one ended up being a manipulation. I knew I could make a cool photo if I added some layers and lines and other things to make it more interesting. I know this image has an extra photo added that had some clouds and the rest was hand drawn in Photoshop. I am happy with the result. I am always drawn to the more abstract.


“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” ~George Bernard Shaw

All of these shots are from the same shoot. As I went along with this project I found that I used many of the same techniques, always trying to get a different result. Sometimes it was successful, other times not. This particular technique, used in the first two images, is something I came across just playing around with my camera. On my Nikon D50 there is a shutter speed setting called bulb. This setting allows you to hold the shutter open as long as you are holding down the shutter release button. I discovered early on that I can use the flash with this setting and the flash will only go off as I let go of the shutter release. It creates a ghostly effect when taking a photo of something or someone moving and can really make the colors a bit crazy. I really like using this technique as the result is something a bit abstract, which I enjoy. The first image is obviously two images put together and made into bw. The second is the true colors that were created, just enhanced the saturation. The third image was not using the bulb setting, just a low shutter speed. The fourth image is a more straight image playing around with perspective. Looking at these four together really gives you a sense of what can be produced from the same sitting. A wide variety, for the good or the bad.


“Think of me what you will, I’ve got a little space to fill” ~Tom Petty


“I set fire to the rain and I threw us into the flames” ~Adele


“She a pyre incarnate incinerate An inferno turned to flesh” ~Peter Steele


“Any old actress worth her salt outta know
The higher you are you want to see what’s below” ~ Melora Creager

This was a totally random shot. I was at my son’s baseball game in the crazy June heat of Central Texas. It was so unbearable and our seats where in the setting sun. All you could do was drink water and take it. I had my telephoto lens on the camera, so getting a shot in focus of myself was out of the question. So I went for the blurry shot. It created a total abstraction. Can you guess what this photo is of? ūüôā The quote is exactly how I felt when I took this shot.


“Heat, ma’am! it was so dreadful here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.” ~Sydney Smith

My web cam continues to deteriorate. I was testing it out this day to see if I could get it to look better than the blurry smudge it looks like now. When you live half the country away from your family it is nice to use Skype to talk, but when your video feed looks like an accidental¬†, out-of-focus photo, it’s¬†not so much fun. Anyway I took some still photos with it and then realizing I didn’t have a photo for the day yet, decided to ¬†put it in Photoshop and make it look crazy. This is not a good photo, but it helps to document my hatred of this crappy web cam.

“Humor is… despair refusing to take itself seriously.”¬† ~Arland Ussher