For my 2020 Photos in Review I wrote:
“My COVID walks were along back alleys and busy thoroughfares, by myself, and contained no rest stops for a coffee or happy hour. I doubt very much I’ll be writing those up.“
During the winter my COVID walks became even more boring so to amuse myself I started taking abstract textures found on dumpsters and lampposts along with macros of tree bark.
Then I saw something in the many photos gathered over this time, and out of a desperate need to be creative started trying to combine them.
I was trying to find a quote that encompassed my ‘vision’ and I came across this:
On pavements and the bark of trees I have found whole worlds.Mark Tobey (1890–1976)
Mark Tobey was a contemporary American artist of the ‘Northwest School’. His work is very different than mine, almost calligraphic, and reminiscent of East Asian art.
Some more local COVID walk amusements…
Abstract diptych of cracked paint on a rusty bollard combined with the peeling bark of a Paper Maple tree.
Abstract diptych combining the texture of rusty scratched metal with fissured tree bark.
Abstract diptych combining the texture of rusty corrugated metal plus a strip of blue together with fissured tree bark.
Abstract diptych combining the texture of tree bark full of woodpecker holes drilled into it alongside a perforated steel garbage can with decrepit posters stuck to it and lined with plastic that spills over the top.
More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Getting to Know You.