I stopped by the Natick Collection today to run an errand and I entertained myself taking abstract photographs with my favorite “large format” view camera, my IPhone 4S. The mall is starting to bustle again, which is, I think, both an indication of a reviving economy and the start of a busy holiday season.
First, I found some lovely mosaics, which I have displayed here as Figures 1 and 2. It was a matter of figuring out how to make the wave patterns of tiles to form a decent composition. Invariably there is a little rotating required in the final image. With the IPhone I can never quite get it right. The lighting was a bit dull in both cases, but not so much so as not to be correctable with the usual suspects: levels, curves, hue, saturation, brightness and contrast. Of course, there was a bit of dodging and burning to be done as well.
Then there was this wonderful sign, actually part of a sign, which says “People.” I see it as a tribute to artist Robert Indiana, of “Love” fame. And I chose here to do it, Figure 3, in black and white.
Finally, I ventured over to the Louis Vuitton store. Their windows always have some light catching element and today I took a picture straight into a mosaic mirror. The image reminded me of the computer game “Tetris.” I thought that I was going to have to label it a “self portrait,” but I am pretty much invisible in the end product, which again I chose to render in black and white.