I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts lately, so I went to the see a specialist, and the diagnosis is in…sure enough, I’ve apparently picked up an acute case of “Abstractosis.” A good affliction to have though! :)
I was prescribed some medication and should be returning to more traditional type pictures shortly…the doctor said the effects will start kicking in pretty fast. Just glad I didn’t have to “turn my head and cough” for the exam!?
After some admonition from Brian, I finally decided to make a trek in to the city center…which unfortunately is about an hours drive from my place. Needless to say, it’s not often I venture there without good cause….a lot of which is directly related to big city traffic. I didn’t quite have the best directional light for most shots, but I did stumble upon a few decent ones, this being my favorite…which actually worked out best after the sun had set.
If you’re wondering what this crazy picture is all about, take a quick look at the WS, it’ll make much more sense than the abstract framing you see here. This is looking straight upwards on what is known as the “Sky Bloom,” a public artwork in downtown Phoenix.
Approximately 100ft./30.5m high and 100ft./30.5m wide, it’s made up of lightly colored netting, which is then illuminated once the sun goes down by various solar powered LED colored lamps which produce this effect. The artists (Janet Echelman) design was inspired by desert Saguaro flowers and their layers of color and textures, but it’s viewed differently by just about everyone. It could be a spaceship, a mushroom, a jellyfish, or even a giant condom…whatever your imagination wants to envision, let it run wild!
Thanks for stopping by.
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jemaflor (80906) 2014-03-25 0:01
Nice circles with all these colors, well framed, perfect sharpness, tfs.
nedasepanloo (214) 2014-03-25 0:13
very nice pov.
good colors and light .
Thanks for sharing.
have a nice time
Royaldevon (26629) 2014-03-25 1:38
Abstractosis sounds like a cool affliction to have, Jason, if it makes people respond, like this!
I had no idea what this was, just that it makes the most attractive pattern of circles and spiralling lines!
From your w/s, it is easy to see how different people could have completely different shapes and styles when perceiving or photographing this!
Well done, keep on taking the medicine,
npecanhuk (61104) 2014-03-25 1:52
Wonderful details involving materials, light and colors!
Very beautiful, attractive and pleasant-looking picture of them!
Sharpness, exposure, colors and composition are great!
TFS - congrats,
irek1 (823) 2014-03-25 2:19
Nice photo and amazing effect! Fantastic colors, just straight from Kubric's Space Odyssey. Fantastic colors and space feeling.
krzychu30 (15332) 2014-03-25 2:24
really,looking at this picture for a while gives me a feeling I´d rushed through galaxy in a warp speed.
Brilliant absatract study of our surrounding world my friend!
PS.Thank You for your wishes.I´ll be back next tuesday.I´ll mail you some pictures from Dubai:)
Have a good day
ikeharel (52523) 2014-03-25 4:14
An amzing labyrinth of multi-colors led-lights, Jason.
Both photos are remarkable sight, and well done photojob. Maybe on the wider scope, you might eliminated the pole and tower on left, not necesaary to have this on. My humble opinion.
Really a pleasent view to look at.
Sergiom (54801) 2014-03-25 5:37
C'est une belle maladie et en ce qui me concerne je prendrais tout mon temps à guérir. J'aime beaucoup le cadrage et la grande netteté de l'ensemble. On voit clairement tous les fils de la toile. Les couleurs sont magnifiques.
holmertz (37231) 2014-03-25 6:24
This is a terrific shot, packed with exciting shapes and colors. It would be impossible to understand without the note and the WS. These nets seem to be getting popular. Craig (macjake) has shown similar photos from Vancouver. I'm only waiting for an installation like this in Stockholm.
Your notes are often amusing. Your description of catching "abstractiosa" reminds me of the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry, where the character played by Robin Williams was sent home from shooting of a movie because he had fallen ill with "being out of focus". His wife got very worried when seeing him blurred all over :-).
dta (63076) 2014-03-25 8:36
Hello jason ,
A splendid close view of this illuminated structure . More attractive than the WS , even this one is very interesting to show us the entire artwork .
macjake (52394) 2014-03-25 8:55
are you sure you didn't travel to Vancouver?
seems like they had almost the same artwork.
We should have co-ordinated our photos and posted them side by side on the 'newly posted' page lol
that would have been awesome!!
mine's bigger than yours lol
the art hanging over Vancouver was 750 feet wide, but i have to say, its much different than the one we see here.
infact, very different. I feel as if i'm in a Sci-Fi movie and i'm being pulled into a time warp or heading into hyper speed lol
very cool shot my friend.
love the colors, the subject, and the fact they Doc gave you a clean bill of health...he did right?
ourania (26652) 2014-03-25 10:26
I suffer from this affliction too, it's great fun and it makes the world seem wider and richer:) I had a look at the workshop photo out of curiosity because the effect, challenge and aesthetic value of the abstract are enough for me. In the workshop photo the work of art looks impressive and you have presented it in an excellent way. This picture, though, is more of a personal interpretation and it's more intriguing. A sci fi, graphical abstract with superb definition, lovely colours and an irresistible sense of movement. Great work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Didi (55127) 2014-03-25 10:40
Very wonderful abstract artistic composition
Good frame quality of your subject
I wish you a better health
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-25 14:19
I already made some comments on this one on FB, but I can't resist because it's so cool. I could see something like this showing up in a sci-fi movie. The brightness of the netting is amazing, with the colors interacting beautifully over one another. Between this and Craig's shots of the similar installation in Vancouver, I want to write the artist and get them to Boston so I can play with it! Thanks for a great one.
nikkitta (13354) 2014-03-25 16:15
Hola Jason, my Abstractosisco friend
Notice some symptoms in last captures but here they exploded in round patters of really good mix of colors
Just saw the ws, a creative work of art, so ethereal and luminous floating at the night, very good to add sense at what is seen here
A very creative capture based in Nutella and Coke as medecins
Cheers from the far south
I knew the boot was just to touch the head of the girl, like the subject, not to do a super work with PS
worldcitizen (6489) 2014-03-25 16:44
Great photo! I really like all the crazy lines and colors. It does seem like giant nets/webs are popular these days. That circle in the middle that's not quite in line with the others is cool. I like the crop and presentation. As far as abstractosis is concerned, eat one scoopski of potatoes and consult your doctor in the morning. ;-) (yes, people here on TE are going to think I'm insane!!)
mcmtanyel (10639) 2014-03-25 19:14
Exquisite (main entry), exceptional (WS). I like abstract, so I really love this one. The WS photo is a good explanation for the main entry and altogether a wonderful photo independently. Today, you have the king of the entries, congratulations and TFS.
mirosu (12604) 2014-03-25 22:35
First I was studying this excellent abstract photo, and only after this I read your intro note. Without this it would be difficult for me to recognize and name this beautiful photo subject. Excellent work, beautiful colors, superb details. I like it very much.
Very well done.
subhendu_bagchi (25260) 2014-03-26 1:04
wow! This is marvellous Jason. I can remember Craig's photo, which is probably from some different place, but has the same theme (almost)... Great sharpness and nicely control depth. Excellent shot with a lot of graphical impact. Tfs.
jhm (135396) 2014-03-26 4:52
Your first picture is a surprise but your second picture was the solution of it mystery
Very well presentation with the a lot colours, but without Doctor prescription
I was a little bit startled with your first part of text, but end good, all good.
Lovely two pictures, with nice light and colours.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice dat,
timecapturer (45323) 2014-03-26 6:52
This is awesome, reminds me of one of those old spirograph sets we used to get as kids to makes shapes and patterns with. So glad my nagging got you into town for this, it is amazingly original but also beautiful. The colours, lines and symmetry are just mesmerising. I feel a migraine coming on! I am applauding your presentation too here as well as the drive into Phoenix. I forget living on an overcrowded little island how spaced out the States is. Mind you I have just got back from Brighton which is just 7 miles up the coast and it has taken me 2 hours just to get in and out again. Teachers are on strike here and marching through the City in protest. Love the Jasonism here too - hope you feel better soon, it was never my intention to make you unwell big guy ;-P. The workshop image is a marvellous shot in its own right too. I better return my 'plane ticket now then.
As God said to Moses - keep taking the tablets.
Stunning capture and presentation - more applause!
serp2000 (38077) 2014-03-26 11:04
this is my last comment from my home. My congratulations! Excellent capture of these colorful nets, it is really art work. Well seen, well done. May be it sounds some strange but this composition reminds me a jellyfish ;)
Best wishes! Hope to hear you soon!
rbassin (16332) 2014-03-26 11:13
Une magnifique composition, les couleurs et graphisme sont d'un bon niveau.Vous avez trouvé une bon angle pour cette photo.
fabbs99 (15815) 2014-03-26 21:27
This is a good colorful image although a bit abstract without any meaningful context.But as you have shown Sky Bloom and the concept of public art work,it is quite heartening to observe it as we do not see such efforts from many places.TFS.
Cricri (101629) 2014-03-27 10:50
Hi Jason, oui encore moi :-)
Celle ci , j'adore , j'aime le cadrage serré et les couleurs, surtout le rose :-) celle ci je la met dans mes favoris, elle est superbe
Toujours une belle soirée :-)
siudzi (32475) 2014-03-27 12:16
Original and creative shot! Its visual effect is superb and made the scene totally unique. Well done!
Gigidusud (13441) 2014-03-27 16:00
Inutile de te soigner mon ami, la maladie te vas bien! :)
Superbe capture de cette œuvre d'art, l'effet graphique est très réussit. J'aime beaucoup les couleurs aussi, bravo!
SnapRJW (29308) 2014-03-27 22:25
Hello Jason - I see you too have been caught by the Janet Echelman net! Not knowing her work until Craig posted the shots taken in Vancouver I am happy to see another example taken in another location. These netting structures are wonderful subjects and this close crop presentation is super.
A fabulous shot.... I need to catch the “Abstractosis” bug!
COSTANTINO (51471) 2014-03-28 23:20
original version great presentation
and useful notes explaining this
art its an attractive part of
circles and designs
have a nice day
Noel_Byrne (20978) 2014-03-29 9:07
So Mr Bond, you think that by showing me whirling groups of color and light that I will cancel my plans to steal the Titanic? Well, you're right, wooooooo......
This is very cool, and I had no idea what I was looking at here, so thanks for the workshop to explain it. You captured this so perfectly sharply and the range of colors in there is just magnificent. Fantastic view!
And I seem to have looked at your abstract theme in reverse too, but now have a hankering to try and post something odd myself. I've been sitting on two pics since I met Rosemary in Dublin last year, one is called Indoor Woolly Donut Rain and the other is Crocheted Victorian Glasshouse Jellyfish :) I think your abstractits is catching, I have such a hankering to post one of those today!
Have a brilliant Saturday.
adores (34560) 2014-04-24 6:06
Seems it's not a bad disease at all:)! It's a very good shot, I like the graphism and the colours... The artwork is really interesting and you got a great photo of it.
delpeoples (52575) 2014-05-13 2:23
Ciao dear ADB
Oh yes, Dr Lisa says you have a terminal dose of the Abstractosis . But on the plus side, the photo is beautiful and artistic. I love the tones and the graphism. There is a real 3 dimensional quality to this and the colours are complemented so beautifully by the black frame. Thanks for sharing, have a great week. Go lie down, take 3 beers and a Bex and have a lie down.
fritzi007 (2846) 2014-05-15 10:17
really nice, bright colors and curves, it looks illuminated power for fishing
Thanks for sharing,