Weekly Photography Challenge: Life Imitates Art

I thought about going to a lot of effort with this one – setting up a scene from an old painting for the “Life Imitates Art” Photo challenge. However, time was not on my side, as they say, and I simplified a little, by seeking out photos from my files which were inspired by the works of Mark Rothko. A couple are more Jackson Pollock, I think! I’m not sure who the other one is – maybe Kurt Schwitters?

I do enjoy taking photos/making images which are of nothing in particular, or rather in which the actual subject isn’t important. Like Rothko, I am trying to portray a feeling rather than illustrate a thing. These images are often greeted with “What’s THAT?”, and puzzled looks – like Jackson Pollock’s amazing painting “Blue Poles”. I imagine Kurt Schwitter’s beautiful but “meaningless” collages of paper scraps were not always highly regarded, either. Such is life in art!

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