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Behind ‘The Candle’ Image

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

The Creative Transformation of Photography: From Reality to Abstract

It all starts with a photo!

Photograph of a crystal vase that I used to create the abstract.

In this first image, I chose one of the crystal vases I have at home. In fact, I started my journey into abstracts precisely with a photograph of a crystal vase.

But why not just take a photo of the vase?

You know, simply taking a simple photo of objects doesn't satisfy me. I don't see much fun in that anymore. I prefer to show something more.

To do this, I set up a small studio here at home. To take the photo, I generally place a white or black background to highlight the object and play with the lighting to obtain different effects. My camera is connected to my computer, so I can upload several, sometimes dozens of photos directly to Lightroom.

And from the photo comes the abstract!

The part of the vase that was used to create the abstraction.

Then, in Photoshop, I start to study the possibilities. I observe the lines, colors and textures of objects and, from there, I let my creativity flow, highlighting what catches my attention the most.

I try my best to maintain the original colors of the objects.

And the cool thing is that, with a single object, I can create several different images.


The final image

This time, I came to this image that is part of my "Illusions" collection. I called it "The Candle" because it reminds me of, you guessed it, a candle, with the wax melting and revealing that orange gradient in the center, wanting to illuminate everything around it.

And you, what do you see in this image? Tell us in the comments!

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