Title: "Abstraktes Bild"
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Today the tide was way out at the beach around the corner, exposing rocks and sea life that are normally submerged. The different coloured lichen at the top of the rock has grown and been scraped back by wind and waves, similar to the way a painter might apply and remove paint from a canvas. The dark, permanently wet base of the rock, with the sea plants growing from crevices provides a solid ground to the abstract composition, the pebbly sand providing a sharp contrast of realism. I remember reading that Edward Weston generally preferred to teach his eye by looking at the work of artists in media other than photography. I've just finished reading the biography of Gerhard Richter, and looking at some of his impressive body of work. I see how looking at some of his abstract works has educated my eye to find such compositions in nature.