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Yellow oval

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Along one of Great Hills Park’s creeks on January 1st I made an abstract portrait that played with faint colors and mostly vague shapes, plus the implied flow of the water.


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Abigail Shrier writes a Substack column called The Truth Fairy. In her January 17th piece entitled “Who Will Win America: The Cynics or The Believers?” she considers the current conflict in American politics. What’s new in her take is that she sees the battle as primarily between cynics, regardless of whether they’re on the left or the right, and believers, regardless of which side they’re on.

© 2022 Steven Schwartzman





Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 25, 2022 at 4:28 AM

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  1. Wonderful post


    January 25, 2022 at 7:27 AM

  2. That is a beautiful composition, Steve!

    Lavinia Ross

    January 25, 2022 at 8:26 AM

    • I did five takes and only this one, which happened to be the first, came out to my satisfaction.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 25, 2022 at 10:10 AM

  3. An impressive piece of abstraction with the bright little oval being the point of attraction!

    Peter Klopp

    January 25, 2022 at 8:40 AM

    • Getting that eye-catching oval yellow leaf sharp proved difficult: only one of five attempts worked. Fortunately one is all it takes.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 25, 2022 at 10:11 AM

  4. The flow of color is especially appealing. It reminds me of some of Edvard Munch’s work: not so much that famous painting of the guy on the bridge, but some like Melancholy, with its swirling color.

    “Hope on a Sea of Cynicism” wouldn’t be a bad title for the photograph as a whole.


    January 25, 2022 at 9:30 AM

    • “Flow of color” is an apt description, as is your proposed title. I vacillate a lot between cynicism and hope.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 25, 2022 at 10:13 AM

  5. This is very old world painterly like in the darkness of it. I love the colors and the flow of it. It’s like silk landing ever so softly…or not. 😂


    January 25, 2022 at 9:07 PM

    • I appreciate your suggestion of silk landing ever so softly, and your reference to the old painterly tradition in Europe. I’m happy when I pull off something different.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 25, 2022 at 9:44 PM

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