Diptychs of Natural/Unnatural

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.

swirl of rust on a dumpster / the bark of a plane tree

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.

Diptych of dumpsters with graffiti combined with wood with the insect tunnels just below the bark exposed.
Graffiti is calligraphic in its own way, and here are two examples of dumpsters with graffiti, combined with old wood containing insect tunnels, a ‘language’ from another species.

Some more local COVID walk amusements…

Abstract diptych of rusty cracked paint on a bollard combined with the peeling bark of a Paper Maple tree

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 scratched metal with fissured tree bark
Abstract diptych combining the texture of rusty corrugated metal and a blue strip, 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.

Abstract diptych combining the texture of tree bark with holes drilled into it alongside a perforated steel garbage can with plastic top and decrepit posters stuck to it

More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Getting to Know You.

7 thoughts on “Diptychs of Natural/Unnatural

  1. I think this is the second post in your discovery of abstracts Elizabeth. These are quite beautiful and seem even better matched than your earlier post – kudos!

    1. This is actually my fourth post but who’s counting. Right now it’s a work in progress and I have no idea where it’s going, it’s just going. There’s nothing out there to reference so I just put them together based on whether it tickles my fancy or not. The best part for me is that I thought those long months of alley hopping were a bit of a waste when it came to doing art and it’s a pleasure to see something come out of them…

  2. Wow! These juxtapositions make such beautiful images to ponder…truly an Art that entices connection. How creative and serendipitous to discover it after lonely walks in seeming boredom. The world is always beautiful, though, and those who see its beauty are always rewarded. Thanks for joining the challenge and sharing your amazing creations!

    1. I too was surprised when my small attempts at keeping in touch with the world actually started to connect in an unexpected way – something coming out of what I thought was nothing. Thanks for stopping my way…

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