Normally, I like to show things as they are when I take photos and try not to simplify my photos too much. That’s why I don’t take many abstract photos. Most abstract photos I know are somehow constructed from the ground up and photography is only a small ingredient in a much longer process of the art creation. I can appreciate the result but it is not something I have much interest in doing myself. However, sometimes I find patterns that when photographed really up close lose their original context. Almost every time I take such a photo, I end up throwing it away afterwards. But there are exceptions. Here’s one:
I took this photo in the subway station “HafenCity Universität” in Hamburg. The entire length of the platform is illuminated by a dozen giant plastic containers full of LEDs that change colors. I noticed that when looked at from directly below and framed properly, the colors formed a contrast with the white underside that resembled one of the famous paintings by Piet Mondrian.
When post-processing the picture, I enhance the colors in the bottom left rectangle to make the yellow more vivid than it was in the original picture. I also enhanced the contrast on the round CE marking stamps to make them stand out more. I thought about removing them entirely but decided against it because without them, the photo doesn’t look like a photo at all anymore. Maybe that’s the point of abstract photos but it looked too abstract for my taste.