To see details is to notice the parts isolated from the whole. Without the context we focus on an object’s lines, shapes, colors or textures.
Here are some architectural details from ancient stone edifices to a new bridge whose details seem like line drawings against the sky.
Iceland’s Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavek has a mostly clear glass and steel façade. You can see buildings in the distance as well as the structural detail when you get close.
The distinctive character of a wall, an unusual door handle and metal grillwork look different up close.
What walls are made of or what’s on them provide great visuals.
Windows have an added dimension when looking for details. Looking through them adds a bit of color, which enhances the detail.
We walk on floors, inside and out. Get low and see their textures, lines and shape.
From bright and shining vintage cars in museums to not so bright and shining, just old, we’re drawn to their colorful details.
Then, there is ART. When I stand back and look at the entire piece, i.e. a painting, or move around a sculpture I have one kind of experience. When I move closer I can see the parts (details) making up the whole. I can see how light affects the surface. I can see the negative spaces. I can isolate the colors and textures.
In my paintings and collages there is the “whole”, composed of many parts in dialogue with one another. A closer look reveals the details.
A big thanks to those of you who sent me your shots of DETAILS. Here are some that I selected.
Theme #7 is SHADOW PLAY. I hope you will participate.
Send me your photos as email attachments no larger than 1MB by April 3, 2017.