Abstract Color Photography: Dee Adams’ “World Out of Focus”

Professional designer and artist Dee Adams is one bad mama with camera in hand. I started following Dee on Twitter after randomly finding her within the tweet universe.

Browsing her website, I was instantly drawn to the pebble-like figures of Dee Adam’s original works on canvas. Their muted colors are a perfect compliment to any modern interior; it’s no wonder why you’ll find them in advertisements within popular shelter magazines like domino and Metropolitan Home.

A new tweet (Twitter message) from Dee today exposed me to her abstract color photography. I asked Dee to explain the process behind these sublime, jewel-colored images, she graciously agreed and here’s what she said:

“The photos are taken on a digital SLR with a fine macro setting. I manually manipulate the focus to cause the blur in the shots. Sometimes I do longer exposures with a slow movement to capture some of the wave-like patterns you see. I shoot mainly midday for the brighter coloured shots to get the rich colour compositions and late evening for many of the darker shots. Many of the photos you see are of common objects like water in a glass, soda bubbles rising, moving water, glass transparencies etc.”

I’ve usually dismissed abstract photography, especially the blurry kind, as cliche and almost a cop out to learning actual photographic technique. Yet Dee’s abstract color photography clearly has a method, a formula derived from careful inspection yet ironically creating uncontrolled washes of pigment. It’s almost as if Dee’s camera thinks itself to be a paintbrush!

And even though Dee claims to not have a clue about video, somehow she evokes a sexy, jazz blue mood in “Fish Tank Blues“.

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