Capturing space colour and form

This time on the Isle of Harris I considered the ability of a photograph to capture less detail but more feeling. What is it that attracts us to coastal scenes or misty landscapes but the ability to see what’s not there. How can we relate to abstract patterns in art without being aware of the patterns that inspire us in the landscape.

Luskentyre beach as the tide goes out. F11 , 1 Sec ©Paul Carroll 2012

According to the Photofocus blog a great photographer John Shaw  said, “The difference between a professional and an amateur photographer is that a professional knows what NOT to include in the photo. Shaw believes that by a process of elimination, the photographer can start to exclude things from the scene until all that’s left is the desired end result.”

An end result I had in mind was something I was learning looking at the art work of Lesley Wiseman. She says in her gallery page “I have never been one for detail in my art, preferring to go for the bold statement. I love the interaction of strong colours, especially the aquamarines, turquoises and jades that characterise the Hebridean seascapes.” She paints onto silk as her medium and you can see in her painting the same effect and emotion of a scene rather than the subject detail.

Here I am attempting the same or also noticing how much I respond to less detail but shape and colour even when there is not much colour to go around due to a heavy sky or gentle rain.

Seilebost Isle of Harris in a misty rainy day

In the distance you can just make out Hebrides Art gallery where Lesley Wiseman’s work is on display. Looking over to Seilebost from Luskentyre and night just before it rains. f16 , 3 sec. ©Paul Carroll 2012

Perhaps I am still including too much detail. it is a habit that is hard to break. What do you think?

About photographicviewscotland

Photographers of Scotland's landscape and remote places and arts and craft makers. Mhairi is also making needle felted animals under the name of the Woof in the Wool. We live in Abernethy in Perthshire, Scotland.
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5 Responses to Capturing space colour and form

  1. Mike says:

    Perfect colors. I like the blues. The sky is nice also. I had started a blog just on clouds. I always found it interesting.

  2. These are stunning. I love the serene colors and just the suggestion of buildings in the distance.I personally don’t think there’s too much detail. It really depends on what you saw in your mind’s eye. A lot of photographers are trying contemplative photography and that’s how these feel – like you’re in the moment.

  3. There was a Glasgow painter – Bet Low – who was interesting in the way you suggest.

  4. Thank you for the reference to Bet Low. Love the Cam Water and Hoy pictures. Exactly the kind of inspiration I am looking for right now.

  5. Elizabeth Krall says:

    Moody and soothing, and yet I feel that if I look longer I’ll find something else tucked away in a corner or towards the horizon. I don’t think there is too much detail; perhaps it’s more a hint of hidden detail?

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