Following on the theme of abstraction, I took the photograph of Figure 1 of the pattern in a floor tile this past Sunday. It is a kind of photographic Rorschach blot, and the pattern that I see is that of a sitting elephant and a rather whimsical unicorn. This may confirm your suspicions about me.
The image was taken with my IPhone 6 and what attracted me was, as ever, the tone on tone nature of the tile. It was brown and browner with very little dynamic range. I took it to black and white, worked it up with all the usual tricks, and then sepia toned it deeply.