Absolute Towers With Wrapped Oaks, Mississauga, Ontario

Absolute Towers With Wrapped Oaks, Mississauga, Ontario

Altered natural forms and their relationship to architecture in the urban environment. Black and white photograph ©2014 Jeanne McRight. All Rights Reserved.

This series is called Vanishing Points, a collection of images that follows my Unstable Matter theme exploring interrelated mutable forms. The photo was made of the Absolute Towers with my new tilt-shift lens, Canon’s 24mm TS-E, great for keeping perfect focus top to bottom.

 

Defining Line: Caladium

Caladium, from Form: Defining Line by Jeanne McRight

Linear network of veins describes the form of this heart-shaped leaf. Black and white photograph ©Jeanne McRight 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Defining Line: Vein and Edge

from Form series, ©2013 Jeanne McRight. All Rights Reserved.
Defining Line: Zigzag; from Form series, ©2013 Jeanne McRight. All Rights Reserved.
from Form series, ©2013 Jeanne McRight. All Rights Reserved.
Defining Line: Perforation; from Form series, ©2013 Jeanne McRight. All Rights Reserved.
from Form series, ©2013 Jeanne McRight. All Rights Reserved.
Defining Line: Point and Curve; from Form series, ©2013 Jeanne McRight. All Rights Reserved.

The shape of content

Every now and then I reread my battered copy of Shahn’s The Shape of Content. Shahn said,

Forms in art arise from the impact of idea upon material… so that thinking and belief and attitudes may endure as actual things.

Form is the shape of content…

An artist-photographer and teacher whose career spanned the Depression and WWII eras, Shahn was considered a modernist in his own practice, yet I find that there are wise words in this book that transcend the art world’s ideological shifts. Still a good read, especially for those who like to think about the role of structure in their work.

Lately I’ve revisited my thinking a lot about form, not a unique activity for humans of course, judging from cave art and the constellations.

Emphasizing “form” over other concepts is tricky since it’s so inclusive, but it will be interesting to try in my next series of photos.

I welcome your thoughts and comments always – please do share them with me.