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Tulip Abstracts

As I’ve been preparing the photos for my Tulipmania show, I’ve been finding myself creating  photographs unlike any I’ve ever created before. They focus on the colors, the patterns, and the textures I’m seeing in the flowers. I’ve also been doing some reading about abstract painters and photographers to see where others have drawn their inspiration.

Pablo Picasso wrote “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterwards you can remove all traces of reality.”

From a technical standpoint what I’ve been doing is focusing in on the smallest details of the flowers by photographing in my studio with a macro lens and extension tubes, which allow me to fill the frame with ever smaller and smaller sections of the flower.

What I’m trying to do is separate the idea of a tulip as a flower, instead I’m focusing in on the incredible beauty I’m seeing.

I thought I’d share a few of these photos with you today.

Petals of a Pink & Yellow Tulip © 2017 Patty Hankins

Petals of a Pink & Yellow Tulip © 2017 Patty Hankins

 

Tulip Wave © 2017 Patty Hankins

Tulip Wave © 2017 Patty Hankins

 

 

Pink Van Dyke Tulip © 2017 Patty Hankins

Pink Van Dyke Tulip © 2017 Patty Hankins

 

Orange Parrot Tulip © 2017 Patty Hankins

Orange Parrot Tulip © 2017 Patty Hankins

 

My Tulipmania show will feature more than 30 photographs. They range from tulips in a garden to abstracts.

 

Tulipmania


Tulipmania will be on display in the Montgomery County Camera Club Gallery at Artists & Makers Stuidos 2, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD from May 3 – May 30.

The opening reception will be on Friday May 5 from 6 pm to 9 pm. I hope you’ll be able to join me at the reception. You can RSVP if you’d like at https://www.facebook.com/events/199643413881225/

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