Sunday, June 7, 2009

Stylized Lampshade

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This is a closeup of a painted lampshade I saw in a Jerusalem restaurant a few weeks ago. The actual fixture was painted a somewhat sickly shade of green, fairly unattractive in fact, but the abstract lines struck a chord in me and the original photo held on and managed to avoid landing in the circular file (can we still call it that now that it's all just electrons zipping invisibly around inside a plastic box?). A bit of playing around in photoshop and it's got a new lease on life as a monochrome abstract.

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Still not great art (I'm not sure any amount of photoshopping could elevate that ugly a thing to that status) but intriguing in its own way. I'm not sure I'm quite done with it yet. I think this little scribble still has more to show me. Perhaps, in time, it will.
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23 comments:

Aileni said...

Your work on the image paid off - it's very pleasing.

ellievellie said...

I like those curves - they remind me of think black eyeliner or shadows from flowers or iron fence or impression inspired from music - kinda Rorschach test :)

Liz said...

How great that you could see something inspiring in a dull and everyday object.

Vita Stunder said...

I like those curves! :)

Have a great week!
Anna

Thom said...

Interesting photo. Thanks for sharing. :)

Phyllis Sommer said...

i'm impressed that you considered taking a picture of something that seemed so ugly...jsut goes to show you can find art anywhere!:-)

BJ Roan said...

Great shape and textures. Perfect in monochrome.

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

I love monochrome pictures that you can't tell what the object was. makes you concentrate on the texture.

Great job babe.

Clueless in Boston said...

Great eye to visualize the ugly lampshade in monochrome. I probably would have just looked at the lampshade and said ugh! how ugly and ignored it, or made jokes about the taste of the decorator.

Regina said...

Very nice post.

Daryl said...

nice .. I like the perspective

Carver said...

I like what you did with it. Very intriguing image especially knowing what it started as.

The Explorer said...

You have a different idea with this one.

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Shannon said...

This does not look like an unattractive lampshade at all. A lovely work of art is what you have transformed it into. Great work!

Dina ... UK said...

You have made it look very attractive, very illuminating...:-)

Monica said...

great shape - curves and texture which is perfect for this b&w.

Flea said...

Oh very cool. I'm impressed that you turned something ugly into a work of art.

bermudabluez said...

Super Perspective! I love what you've done with it!!

Jientje said...

Clever you!

Mojo said...

I've found that some of the ugliest stuff in the world can become at least interesting if not outright attractive when rendered in black & white. I've saved many, many shots that way.

Happily Retired Gal said...

Interesting find ... it's often a matter of perspective isn't it?
Hugs and blessings,

Kitty said...

I think it looks great! It could almost be a stained glass lampshade now :) I also really like the star lanterns in today's post.

Thorne said...

The curved lines are interesting, a bit art nouveau - ish, like faux stained glass. I do like cropping interesting sections like this (Is it a crop?).