Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Flowers, Photo Challenges, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

In the Spring the St. Louis Art Museum hosts one of my favorite exhibits, Art in Bloom. The challenge for some local floral artists is to create a work based on a piece from the museum that is assigned to them.

This was one of my favorites from this year.  It was this detail that caught my eye:

ISO 800 10mm f/5.0 1/13

ISO 800 10mm f/5.0 1/13

The ribbon, an almost exact detail from the painting, I think made the arrangement go from abstract to concrete.

This exhibit is usually crowded, for that reason I take my point and shoot camera. I usually set my ISO to 800, turn the flash off, and then let the camera make the rest of the decisions.  This low maintenance approach leaves me with nice photos and more time to focus on the art I am looking at.  I was lucky this year to have time to see the exhibit twice, once in the morning on its first full day and once near the end of the weekend in the evening.  It was interesting to me how much the arrangements had changed over the few days.

What do you think, do you like this take on the painting? Do you have a favorite yearly art exhibit?  Do you think that the time of day changes how you interact with the art you are looking at? Feel free to leave a comment below.



29 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

  1. Emilio Pasquale says:

    Wow. I love the imagination of the museum to host such a challenge. And the florist did an amazing job. Wish they had something like this here.


  2. The flowers were made of ribbon? I think it does resemble the painting, standing tall like it is. I feel most alert in the evenings and at night, and that’s when I feel most inspired looking at art and writing.


    • No, the flowers were flowers, it was just that one detail that was ribbon that so matched the painting that tied it all together for me 🙂
      I’m more a morning person myself when it comes to art, so it was a change of pace for me to go once in the evening to look at this exhibit. It was interesting because it changed the experience a lot.

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  4. Love this post, Amy. There’s no shame in point and shoot cameras, especially for these situations. My flash is always turned off and I object to people who don’t show that courtesy. I don’t often get back for a second look, but had an outstanding experience at L’Hermitage in St Petersburg. We saw Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son in morning and later afternoon light. Just awesome.


    • This exhibition runs over one weekend and then is dismantled. One of the reasons it was interesting to me to go twice this year is that I went once near the beginning and once at the end. The art itself had changed, as the flowers begin to fade.


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