Weekly photo challenge – Wall

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What do walls reveal?

That’s an interesting question because a key function of walls is to divide, contain and hide.  The question was raised in this week’s Daily Press photo challenge.

In my wanderings with a camera, the beauty and texture of walls regularly capture my attention.  They seem to be neither still life nor landscape, yet seem to be both at the same time.

Photographing a wall seems the opposite of photographing the horizon.  But …

… if you ever get the chance to see an original Rothko artwork, to stand in front of one of his multiform paintings … try stepping back a bit and then slowly walk towards it, look directly at the centre of the painting, don’t blink.  I’ve tried that a few times with the “1957#20” piece at the National Gallery of Australia.  I came away believing that horizons can exist within a two-dimensional piece, not just drawn on, but exist within.

Rothko is quoted as saying “A painting is not a picture of an experience; it is an experience”.

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I don’t claim such lofty ambitions for these photos.

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Click on any image to open the Gallery.

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One thought on “Weekly photo challenge – Wall

  1. Brilliant photos, all different kinds of walls too. Love that quote too. A painting usually doesn’t tell one story, but many stories. Each character or person is experiencing something different within that painting or story, and it’s up to us to figure it out 🙂

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