Abstraction As Fun

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterwards, you can remove all traces of reality.
Pablo Picasso

Dina became a member of the North Norfolk Photographic Society (NNPS) this year. Full of energy she participated in a workshop about abstract photography at our beach. We Bookfayries love on her abstract photography the expression of a moment of calm beyond time. Don’t you agree that the time in this pictures of a fleeting moment becomes eternity?

Dieses Jahr wurde Dina in die North Norfolk Photographic Society aufgenommen. Voller Elan nahm sie gleich an einem Workshop über astrakte Fotografie an unserem Strand teil. Wir Buchfeen lieben an ihren abstrakten Bildern den Ausdruck eines Momentes zeitenthobener Stille. Findet ihr nicht auch, dass in der Zeit dieser Bilder ein flüchtiger Moment zur Ewigkeit gerinnt?

These pictures here are taken in Norway. They are impressions we had in the harbour of Fredrikstad at dawn. Did you recognize? These are moored sailing boats. We immediately thought of the Impressionists who painted at the time when Louis Daguerre presented his first photos. Edgar Degas called them “pictures with a magical speed“. What did he mean? Of course, Dina didn’t take these picture with such a big black wooden box with a lens like the pioneers of photography. Such an apparatus would be much too heavy for us poor little Bookfayries who have to carry Dina’s equipment. She didn’t use such a long shutter speed either. Although, for contemporary photographers, her shutter speed was quite long. We live in an age of acceleration but Dina went against the mainstream. She gave the light some time to do its painting. And she blurred those pictures – but highly controlled. 

Dinas Bilder hier stammen aus Norwegen. Es sind Eindrücke, die wir beim Sonnenuntergang im Hafen hatten. Habt ihr das erkannt? Es sind Segelboote. Uns hat das an die Kunst der Impressionisten erinnert, die in einer Zeit malten, als Louis Daguerre seine ersten Fotografien präsentierte, von denen Edgar Degas meinte, sie seien “Bilder mit magischer Geschwindigkeit“. Was meinte er wohl damit? Klar doch, Dina fotografierte nicht mit einem schwarzen Holzkasten wie die frühen Fotografen, der uns armen Kameraschleppern viel zu schwer gewesen wäre. Sie benutzte auch nicht solch ewig lange Belichtungszeiten. Allerdings für die heutige Fotogafie war ihre Belichtungszeit ziemlich lang. Alles wird zwar schneller, aber Dina erkühnte sich, den anderen Weg zu gehen, nämlich dem Licht die Möglichkeit zu geben, lange zu wirken (slow shutter speed), dazu hat sie das Bild kontrolliert verwackelt.

Nothing is more abstract than reality.
Georgio Morandi

Photography and painting are like sisters inspiring each other – like us, Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma. We found in our library this big picture book “Nature into Art” about Claude Monet. Sitting on our sofa, slurping our self-made mango lassis, we found his pictures “poplars” (both 1891) which inspired Dina for these pictures here. It’s the use of the blurred colours and forms and the domination of vertical structures. Being fairies, we especially love the ethereal quality of these photos. Dina makes it clear that they are paintings of light – or like we expressed it spontaneously: “matter dissolves in the light“.

Fotografie und Malerei sind wie sich gegenseitig beeinflussende Geschwister – wie wir, Siri 🙂 und 🙂 Selma. Das war nämlich so, wir fanden einen dicken Bildband “Nature into Art” über Claude Monets Malerei. Auf dem Sofa sitzend, unseren Mango Lassie schlürfend, stießen wir auf seine Bilder “Die Pappeln” (beide 1891), die als Vorstufe zu Dinas Fotografien betrachtet werden können. Es ist der Umgang mit der verwischten Farbe und die Domninanz der Vertikalen. Wir lieben speziell das Ätherische dieser Bilder. Dina zeigt damit deutlich, dass es sich um Lichtmalerei handelt – oder wie wir spontan meinten: “Materie löst sich in Licht auf“.

Do you know Gerhard Richter’s early pictures? His pictures like “Ema – Akt auf einer Treppe” (1966) are blurred photographs which made him world-renowned. We have no idea if he wanted to express like Dina that the concrete is not at all so clear as it seems to be. Our dear Master explained that’s all about reality, appearance and being. We suppose that has to do with Hegel’s Aesthetics – but we don’t think we have understood it.

Kennt ihr die frühen Bilder von Gerhard Richter? Seine Bilder wie Ema – Akt auf einer Treppe” (1966), mit denen er weltberühmt wurde, präsentieren sich als verwischte Fotografien. Wir wissen nicht, ob er wie Dina damit ausdrücken wollte, dass das Konkrete nicht so eindeutig ist, wie es auf dem ersten Blick erscheinen mag. Es geht, wie Masterchen es uns erklärte, um die Spannung von Realität und Schein und Sein, aber das haben wir noch nicht so ganz verstanden.

The gentle movement of the camera produces a dynamic picture. Doing this, photography illustrates time which otherwise can hardly be caught in a picture. The observers associate movement. They are seduced to this association by the movement of the camera. Since the 20th century, the question is not so much what is depicted but how it is depicted. The deconstruction of the objects become more and more of interest. So we see Dina’s photos in a tradition which began with Cubism.

Durch die sanfte Bewegung der Kamera entsteht ein dynamisches Bild. Damit öffnet sich die Fotografie zur Zeit, die sie sonst schwerlich ins Bild zu bannen vermag. Der Betrachter assoziiert Bewegung, wozu er durch die Bewegung der Kamera verführt wird. Seit der Wende zum 20. Jh. stellt sich weniger die Frage, was ein Bild darstellt, sondern wie etwas dargestellt wird. Die Dekonstruktion des Gegenstands beginnt. So sehen wir diese Fotos, kunsthistorisch betrachtet, in einer Tradition, die mit dem Kubismus begann.

There are documentary and art photography. Honestly, we Bookfayries are saturated with documentary photography which jumps on us with masses of similar pictures in all media. We, Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, are the ones who seduce our dear Dina to experiments which our poor Master being a fan and specialist of the alienation effect has to explain afterwards.
Last not least the most important question: Do you like these pictures?
We are curious.

Es gibt dokumentarische Fotogafie und Fotogafie als Kunst. Ehrlich gesagt, wir Buchfeen sind gesättigt mit dokumentarischer Fotografie, die uns im Netz und anderen Medien mit ähnlichen Bildern anspringt. Wir sind es, die mit unserer Feenweisheit Dina zu Experimenten verführen, die das arme Masterchen im Nachhinein als Fan für den Verfremdungseffekt in darstellender Kunst und Literatur erklären muss.
Zum Abschluss die womöglich wichtigste Frage: Wie gefallenn euch diese Fotografien?
Da sind wir gespannt.

With lots and lots of finest fairy dust 💫
Mit feinstem Feenstaub 💫
Siri 🧚‍♀️ and 🧚‍♀️ Selma, the clever Bookfayries

 

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© Text and illustrations, Hanne Siebers and Klausbernd Vollmar, Cley next the Sea, 2018

 

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    • Dear John,
      thank you very much for your kind commentary 🙂 :-).
      We have to admit we thought for quite a while to find an adjective that perfectly fits.
      Wishing you a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • We studied the history of modern art and got fascinated by the ideas and pictures of the impressionists. That made Dina choose this impressionistic style in her photography. Great that you like it 🙂 🙂
      Have an easy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Hi, dear Sue,
      we are happy that you like Dina’s pictures 🙂 🙂
      Indeed, this gentle flow, this πάντα ῥεῖ (panta rhei – all is flowing), we wanted to express.
      With lots of love
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️

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  1. Liebe Dina/Hanne, das sind großartige Bilder, die mir aus dem Herzen sprechen und meine Seele vor Freude tanzen lassen!
    Ich habe ein Projekt auf meinem Blog mit dem Titel: Licht (und Bewegung), daran erinnern mich auch deine Bilder. Es geht mir nicht ums vergleichen, nicht um besser und/oder schlechter, nur darum, dass du und ich uns auf verschiedene Art und Weise diesem Thema nähern.
    Nun noch mein Danke an Masterchen für seine “bebildernden” Worte und an Siri und Selma, die mit ihrem Flattern das Ihrige dazu beigetragen haben.
    Herzliche Grüße an euch fab four, Ulli

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    • Einen wunderschönen guten Morgen, liebe Ulli,
      diese Bilder kamen zustande, indem wir die neuere Kunstgeschichte studierten. Siri 🙂 und Masterchen regten uns an, gemeinsam sich mit der Malerei zu beschäftigen, um besser die Bilder planen zu können und um zu neuen Bildideen zu kommen. Als Bildproduzentin steht ja Dina in der Tradition des ikonographischen Ausdrucks. Uns war es wichtig, etwas Zeitgeistiges zu schaffen.
      Leider kennen wir dein Projekt “Licht” nicht, aber da werden wir flugs schauen; wir sind schon ganz neugierig.
      Ja, Masterchen ist zusammen mit Siri 🙂 für den theoretischen Hintergrund von Dinas Fotografie zuständig. Die beiden sind so denklustig und regen damit Dina mit Selmas Hilfe an, die Theorie praktisch umzusetzen.
      Mit ganz lieben Grüßen vom kleinen Dorf am groißen Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️

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    • Husch, husch, husch, jetzt haben wir bei dir geguckt. Zuerst einmal ganz, ganz großen Dank, dass du dich auf deinen Blog klar politisch äußerst.
      Interessant ist ja die Malerei von Licht und Schatten bei deinen Bildern, die uns anspricht. Übrigens vor Ewigkeit hatten wir einen Buchladen in der Fußgängerzone Kölns, der Licht und Schatten hieß. Goethe sprach in seiner Farbenlehre von den Freuden und Leiden des Lichts, das die Farben hervorruft. Das fiel uns spontan bei deinen Bildern ein. Masterchen erinnerte es sogleich an seine anthroposophische Ausbildung.
      Liebe Grüße
      xxx
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️

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    • Danke fürs Schauen und auch für deinen Kommentar, Klausbernd, wie immer steckt auch wieder etwas darin was ich lerne.
      Bei allem was mir die Schönheit ist und ihre Darstellung, so kann ich in diesen Zeiten nicht schweigen und freue mich, dass es bei dir/euch positiven Anklang findet.
      Herzliche Grüße an euch, Ulli

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    • Liebe Ulli,
      wir finden es GANZ ganz wichtig, dass man sich auch politisch versteht und engagiert. Im klassischen Griechenland wurden die Unpolitischen ἰδιῶται (idiotes) genannt. Im Grunde stärkt ein sogenannt unpolitisches Verhalten die Rechtstendenz in unseren europäischen Gesellschaften z.Zt. Also großes Lob von uns für dich für dein politisches Engagement auf deinem Blog.
      Ganz liebe Grüße
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  2. Hallo Ihr Lieben,
    echte Kunstwerke hat die liebe Dina da hingezaubert. Das zweite Bild von oben gefaellt mir am besten.
    Liebe Gruesse aus einem verregneten [wie wunderbar!] Fredericksburg,
    Pit

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    • Guten Morgen, lieber Pit,
      wir kamen auf die Idee, dass wir uns viel mehr um die Geschichte der Bilder kümmern müssen, um nicht automatisiert ständig Ähnliches zu wiederholen. So schauen wir uns häufig abends Bilder bekannter Maler an und sprechen über sie. Wie du siehst, zur Zeit sind wir vom Impressionismus inspiriert. Als Bildproduzenen stehen wir auf den Schultern unserer Vorgänger. Uns ist wichtig, uns in dieser Tradition zu verstehen. Dazu kommt noch, dass Msterchens Schwester im Museum Ludwig arbeitet, wo sie Gerhard Richter kennenlerne, dessen Kunst sie uns nahebrachte.
      Es ist doch auffälig, dass die Malerei weitgehend die realistische Abbildung des Gegenstands hinter sich gelassen hat. Sie drückt damit zeitgeistig die Dekonstruktion des Gegenstandes aus, was ja auch in der neueren Physik das Thema ist. Die Fotogafie hinkt in dieser Hinsicht weit hinterher. Die digitale Fotogafie macht es dem Bildproduzenten zu einfach, zu seinem Bild zu kommen. Er klickt schnell, ohne sich Zeit genommen zu haben, seine Bildproduktion zu reflektieren. Die Quantität hat die Qualität verdrängt. Man ersetzt fehlende Ideen und Reflexion mit Technik. Wir versuchen uns dagegen mit einer reflektierten Fotografie, die sich in der Geschichte der Bilder versteht.
      Mit ganz lieben Grüßen aus dem herbstlichen Cley
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️

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    • Lieber Klausbernd,
      bei mir ist die Fotografie weitgehend “dokumentarisch”: ich versuche, Reiseeindruecke festzuhalten, um sie spaeter einmal, wie in einem Fotoalbum, wieder ansehen zu koennen. Und auch, um sie auf meinen Blogs zu publizieren und so andere Leute an meinem Leben teilnehmen zu lassen. Daher habe ich bisher noch nicht abstrahiert, sondern nur einige Male “stark bearbeitet”. Aber auch dann sind meine Bilder immer gegenstaendlich geblieben. So hat eben jeder seine Vorlieben. Nichtsdestotrotz gefallen mir Dinas Bilder – seien sie nun gegenstaendlich oder abstrakt – ganz enorm.
      Liebe Gruesse in kleine Dorf am grossen Meer, auch an die restliche 3/4 der Fab Four, und auch von meiner besseren Haelfte.
      Euer Pit
      P.S.: Du hast es vielleicht auf meinem Blog mitbekommen, dass wir hier den lang ersehnten Regen hatten [ https://wp.me/p4uPk8-1uY & https://wp.me/p4uPk8-1v4 ] . Und wir haben sogar noch Chancen auf mehr. 🙂

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    • Lieber Pit,
      ja, den Regen bei euch bekam ich mit. Hier ist es jetzt richtig herbstlich, eine Jahreszeit, die wir angenehm finden. Der verzaubernde Frühnebel morgens und ab und zu scheint die Sonne und den nächsten Tag regnet es. Die Natur atmet noch einmal auf vor ihrem winterlichen Schlaf.
      Wahrscheinlich sind wir zu ehrgeizig; wir möchten, dass Dina echte Kunst macht – naja, wir das sind Sirilein 🙂 und Masterchen. Dennoch haben wir nichts gegen Fotografieren als eine Art Tagebuch schreiben. Es kommt eben darauf an, was man möchte (und auch wo man es veröffentlichen will). Davon hängt es auch ab, wo man sich in der Geschichte der Produktion von Bildern positioniert.
      Wir senden ganz GANZ liebe Grüße vom kleinen Dorf am großen Meer an dich und Mary
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭💫

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    • Lieber Klausbernd,
      herbstlich ist es noch nicht, auch wenn der kommende Wechsel der Jahreszeiten spuerbar wird. Mit dem Regen ist auch eine gewisse Abkuehlung gekommen, und die geniessen wir. Was Abstraktion angeht: selber kann/will ich sie nicht, aber ich erfreue mich an den Bildern, die ich von Anderen sehe.
      Liebe Gruesse, und macht’s gut im kleinen Dorf am grosssen Meer,
      Pit

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    • Ja, lieber Pit, in der Hinsicht sind wir grundverschieden. Besonders Siri 🙂 und ich lieben abstrakte, d.h. ungegenständliche Kunst. Wir alle vier treffen uns hier darin, dass wir minimalistische Kunst lieben. Ich kann gegenständlicher Kunst nicht mehr so viel abgewinnen. Irgendwie, finde ich, passt die nicht mehr in unsere Zeit. Ich lese ja auch nicht mehr die russischen Realisten, sondern liebe selbstreferentielle post-moderne Literatur. Nur in der Musik bin ich bei Strawinsky stehen geblieben. Schon daran sieht man, dass ich keine Ahnung von Musik habe 😉
      Na, dann mach’s ‘mal gut.
      Klausbernd und liebe Grüße und Feenhauch von den anderen
      P.S.:
      Dein Mairegenvers brachte mich zum Schmunzeln. Bei uns sagte man auch, dass Mairegen einen wachsen lassen würde.

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    • Lieber Klausbernd,
      es ist ja nun nicht so, dass ich abstrakter Kunst nichts abgewinnen kann. Ich kann/will nur nicht Abstrakte selber produzieren. Irgendwie komme ich nicht darueber hinweg, die Dinge so wiedergeben zu wollen, wie sie sind – am besten noch mit allen Details. Bestes Beispiel: ich hatte im vergangenen ja mal mit Aquarellmalerei angefangen und das eine oder andere Bild war auch ganz brauchbar. Aber ein Grund, weswegen ich nicht weiter gemacht habe ist, dass ich eben meine Motive nicht so wiedergeben konnte, wie sie in Natura waren. Ich weiss, es ist Unsinn, aber ich komme einfach aus dieser Einstellung heraus.
      Liebe Gruesse,
      Pit

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    • Good morning, dear Freddy,
      thank you very much for your kind words 🙂 🙂
      We don’t know if you understand German. We explained Pit (the comment above) the background theory of those pictures.
      If you don’t, here just a short summary: For us the artefacts we produce stand in a tradition of producing pictures. Like every modern and post-modern artist, we need a theory and an understanding of art history not to produce similar pictures all the time. As producers of pictures, we have to break our automatisms as well as the automatism of the perceiver.
      The deconstruction of the object in the art/world of pictures as well as in modern and post-modern physics coins our zeitgeist. But if we look at most photographs they express a kind of naive old-fashioned view of the world, a pre-1900 view. We, the Fab Four of Cley, work as a team studying art history and philosophy of perception to produce a theory as a background leading Dina-Hanne to her photography. Every modern artist has a theory leading to his doings.
      That’s our background, but it would be much easier to talk about it next time we meet.
      Wishing you a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️

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    • Thank you Klaus for the clarifications. Unfortunately, my German from school has long been forgotten. Looking forward to meeting you soon. I have got some books for your Library Cabinet. 🙏🏻. 📚

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    • Good morning, dear Frederic,
      we have to say sorry because we don’t speak French.
      Looking forward meeting you soon
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃👭🚶‍♂️
      We always love getting new books for our Little Free Library 🙂 🙂

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  3. I love ICM, and occasionally play with it….these have worked beautifully because of the predominantly pastel, delicate colours. The mood is gentle, and at times ethereal, indeed. Nice ones, Dina…I must have another play at such things, you have inspired me!

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    • Good morning, dear Sue,
      beyond all the theory of deconstructing the object and the theory of alienation to produce such pictures, it is fun to play with post-production, isn’t it?
      Thanks a lot for liking Dina’s pictures 🙂 🙂
      Good luck playing with your pictures
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • For us editing is important. Well, our dear Master as an author is used to a lot of editing. We edit every text, even a blog-post, and the pictures as well. We think that editing makes every artefact better, meaning that we work on it until it exactly expresses what we want it to do.
      Wishing you a happy Tuesday, dear Sue
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Sue,
      in editing we all four work together, criticizing different outcomes, making suggestions and play around with all the possibilities. That’s one of the reasons why we love editing. For us, the picture from the camera is just raw material giving us the chance to convert it into something we call art.
      Wishing you a cosy afternoon
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • P.S.:
      We forget to write that what we wrote about editing doesn’t not only applies to the pictures but to the texts as well. For us, the text is equally as important as the pictures in a blog.

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    • Dear Simon,
      oh, what a pity. Like every abstract artist, Dina always starts with ‘reality’ photography. That’s the basis. Without reality photography, there is no abstract photography. And, of course, there is no either or. It depends on what you want to express and which reaction you want to produce in the onlookers.
      Don’t worry, Dina will go on to present reality photography on our blog as well.
      Thanks a lot and all the best
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  4. There is no reason not to experiment and every reason to. The pastel colours and the light work together to create gentle, flowing visions. I particularly like the harbour of Fredrikstad at dawn. There is a softness about these images which works well.

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    • Good morning, dear Jude,
      actually, this experimenting is fun. Although it’s highly reflected on one hand but on the other hand is an expression of freedom to play with images.
      Thank you very much for liking these pictures 🙂 🙂 Actually, Dina reduced an image of reality to its basics which is colour and form.
      With lots of love
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Hi, dear Vizsla,
      we absolutely agree with your dog wisdom, a moment is always opening up to eternity. Einstein found out that time is relative (depending on gravitation) but maybe time is an illusion – but we need more time to think about it and what it means for producing pictures.
      A happy week for you
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  5. All images are lovely, although the 3rd one is not as appealing as the others. Like Simon, I think I prefer Dina’s beautiful landscapes and seascape reality images. They create such emotion and longing for the countryside and sea (being a city dweller as i am).

    (The 3rd image reminds me of a photo I took last New Year’s Eve of the city fireworks which I was dissatisfied with, funnily enough).

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    • Good morning, dear Vicki,
      we tried to find out what’s the difference between the third picture and the others. Of course, it’s the colour but besides this? We need your help. You know concerning your own products you are always quite blind.
      As we wrote before, Dina will present both on this blog here: conventional pictures and art. Especially our dear Master and Siri are more into art because it makes see in another way, it breaks automatism.
      Wishing you an easy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Not sure, Klausbernd. Maybe the 3rd image has a sharpness….and tension…..

      It’s a personal thing perhaps. I like each abstract image for different reasons. They evoke different emotions and visual pleasure.

      There’s a slight jaggedness in the strokes of the third image. It’s like a hot fire that burns, not a relaxing warmth and simmering of sensations. I feel a bit ‘broken’ looking at it.

      The 1st is like ghosts appearing in the landscape. Something there…..but not quite there. A hint of what is, not a reflection of what is not.

      The 2nd is like the busyness of a harbour. Ships or yachts sailing into the wind. There’s a sense of movement.

      The 4th reminds me of a viking battlefield. The tramping of feet and the clatter of shields and swords. The day is crowded with warriors. There’s a sense of community or togetherness. There’s also a sense of the calm before the storm.

      The 5th is about colour. The clarity of a sky. The willowy, but powerful. The comfort of the sea and the cold of the north (Norway?) A little bit of iciness creeps into the water reflection almost suggesting the frozen north in winter (even though it may have been a clear day on the harbour or down on a lake in summer – I don’t know).

      Like I said, it’s my own personal reaction.

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    • Dear Vicki,
      thank you so much for writing about your personal reaction.
      I a way this art means freedom. It opens up to a lot of possible associations and by doing this it frees the observer as well.
      GREAT that you shared your associations! 🙂 🙂
      With love
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃👭🚶‍♂️

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  6. From the bottom of my heart I thank the fairies for their wonderful explanation of the relationship between abstract art and photography, their origin and their meaning. Of course, I am grateful for the creator Dina of these marvellous pieces of abstract photography, which when given meaning are actually not abstract at all. We must not in our genuine admiration forget the Master, whose inspiration can be found in all your posts. Best wishes from Canada!

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    • Dear Peter,
      thank you so much. You made our dear Master smile 🙂 and made his day 🙂
      We Fab Four have a division of labour. Our dear Master with the help of Siri 🙂 is in charge of the theory leading to Dina’s pictures. Dina with the help of Selma 🙂 tries to convert these ideas into pictures. In a way that the connecting of right and left brain hemisphere or, in the words of C.G. Jung, of ‘animus’ and ‘anima’.
      All abstractions start from the concrete and that shines through these pictures.
      With lots and lots of love from Merry Old England
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Dear Peter,
      maybe that’s because such different cultures meet in our family as Dina is Norwegian, our Master is German and then there is the otherworldly fairy culture. Isn’t that a funny mix?
      All the best to you and your family
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃👭🚶‍♂️

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    • Thanks a lot, dear Anne 🙂 🙂
      you are absolutely right, we want to make the observer speculate about the photographed object. Seen it from another point of view, we want to show that reality is not as clear as it often seems to be, at least it’s not one-dimensional.
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Dear Cornelia,
      great that you like our art-photography 🙂 🙂 We are happy that you as a professional photographer like our work.
      Wishing you a wonderful week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Guten Morgen, liebe Ruth,
      na, das ist ja toll, dass dir unsere Kunstfotografie gefällt. Besonders Masterchen und Siri 🙂 lieben solche Bilder.
      Sag mal, was ist denn da bei euch in Schweden los? Abschied von der Liberalität? Wir müssen gleich ‘mal schauen, wie genau die Wahl ausgegangen ist. Ähnlich wohl wie es in Deutschland war, keiner kann regieren.
      Eine höchst angenehme Woche wünschen wir dir
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  7. Artistic curiosity of “the other side” should be explored. Inquiring minds breathe new life into not only their own experiences and visual vistas but the viewers, as well. Brilliant! Well done! Not in your lovely village this year…Alnwick instead….north of you. Beautiful country this Border Northumberland land. Best wishes, Raye

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    • We know Alnwick quite well. You have this great bookshop Barter Books there. We love it although it ruins us as well as we can’t leave it without stacks of books.
      Thank you so much for liking these pictures. Exactly, they show the other side of the obvious.
      Wishing you a wonderful week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  8. It’s not that easy to take such photos intentionally. Long exposure, and deliberately moving the camera, is a difficult balance to get right. But of course Dina did it with her usual flair, and the influence of the Impressionists was explained well too. Always a joy to see one of your posts, though to answer your question, I am not a huge fan of Abstract Photography, and would have been happy with straight shots of the harbour. That said, Dina’s worked very well, naturally.
    Love from Beetley, Pete and Ollie. X

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    • Dear Pete,
      photographing you always have to decide if you want to document or produce an artefact. Especially our dear Master and Siri 🙂 see photography in the history of producing pictures. They always complain about that a lot of photos which are presented in the media are alike. They don’t make you really look because they fulfil your expectations. If one wants the receiver to stop and think about it you need a certain kind of alienation effect.
      The history of producing pictures is constantly changing and it’s not by chance that at the change to the 20th-century abstraction became predominant. We asked ourselves why not in photography? Most pictures that are presented in the media are structurally pre-20th-century. Okay, there is documentation but every picture has an aspect of art as well.
      Anyway, that’s the background, but, of course, we are ambitious. Therefore we have to leave the trodden paths at least sometimes otherwise we get horribly bored.
      We wish you and Ollie a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭
      xxx

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    • Thank you, dear Pete 🙂 🙂
      But we have to try something new, to find new ideas for pictures. We find them just now by studying art history and looking at many pictures in our art book collection.
      Wishing you an easy day
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃👭🚶‍♂️
      It just started to rain here, so it’s quite cosy sitting inside blogging and exchanging ideas with our dear friends.

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    • Thank you very much, dear Nia.
      We are so happy that you like Dina’s art 🙂 🙂 It was an experiment to present here on our blog.
      With lots of love
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  9. ICM ist eine feine Sache, der auch ich regelmäßig verfalle. (s. tag “Wischerbild”).
    Der Grad zwischen “irgendwie faszinierend” und kitschig ist allerdings schmal und bei dieser ART von Fotografie scheiden sich die Geister.
    Letzllich ist die wichtigste Frage, ob es der/dem Künstler(in) gefällt, denn es ist ihr/sein Innerstes, was präsentiert wird.
    Ich für meinen Teil finde die Ergebnisse brilliant!!
    Dennoch, es gibt nicht nur Dokumentationsfotografie und die expetimentelle Fotografie. Es ist ebenfalls eine Klasse für sich, dem Alltäglichen einen ganz eigenen Reiz zu geben, so dass selbst langweilige Motive interessant und aufregend wirken. Für mich eine Herausforderung, der sich Fotograf_innen zu stellen haben, wollen sie nicht in der Beliebigkeit und Masse untergehen. 🙂
    LG Simone

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    • Da sprichst du wirklich etwas Wichtiges an, denn man kann bei der Verfremdung leicht ‘over the top’ gehen. Beim Fotografieren geht es hierbei um viel trial and error. Dass sich die Geister an solcher Fotografie scheiden, ist im Grunde eine Art Qualitätsmerkmal und Zeichen der Abweichung vom Gewohnten. Bei jeder Entwicklung in der Kunst wurde das Neue stets von vielen Rezipienten abgelehnt. Wir sind uns da nicht so sicher, ob der Ausdruck des Inneren des Fotografen oder der Fotografin hierbei so wichtig ist. Uns scheint es mehr um Erfahrung und Umsetzung von Reflektion zu gehen. Wie in der meisten modernen und erst recht post-modernen Kunst handelt es um das Wechselspiel von theoriegeleitetem Ausdruck und letztendlich um persönlichen Stil und Geschmack.
      Den eigenen Reiz des Alltäglichen zu sehen, steht auch im Grunde hinter jeder abstrakten Kunst. Es ist die Herausforderung, automatisierte Sichtweisen aufzuheben. Es ist eine Frage des Maßes.
      Danke für deinen erhellenden Kommentar.
      Mit herzlichen Grüßen
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Gern geschehen! Für mich sollte über allem die intrinsische Motivation zur Fotografie stehen. Denn genau diese erlaubt es mir “different” zu sein, ohne ständig nach der gewünschten Anerkennung zu heischen. Gleichwohl sie natürlich wichtig ist! Doch allzu viele lassen sich eben nur von dieser leiten.
      Neu sind Wischerbilder für die versierten Fotograf_innen keineswegs. Und auch hier treten wie bei allem irgendwann Ermüdungserscheinungen auf, sieht man das 1000ste Wischerbild von Baumstämmen 😉
      Neue Motive, gut inszeniert sind dann wirklich etwas fürs Auge!
      In diesem Sinne: viel Spaß beim drehen, ziehen oder manch einer soll gar werfen 😉

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    • Da geben wir dir völlig recht, wie in jeder Kunst automatisiert sich die Betrachtung bei der Wiederholung des Ähnlichen. Wir sind uns ferner schon bewusst, dass wir diese Technik, die man wohl ‘Wischertechnik’ im Deutschen nennt, nicht erfunden haben. Aber in unserer Gruppe von Bloggern wird sie fast nie gezeigt.
      Eigentlich geht es uns nicht um fotografische Technik hier, sondern um das Aufzeigen des Wechselverhältnisses von Fotografie und Malerei (Kunstgeschichte). Wir meinen, dass, um zu einem guten Bild zu kommen, es hilft, die Geschichte der Bilder zu betrachten. Jeder Fotograf steht ja in dieser Tradition – bewusst oder unbewusst. Im Grunde kannst du Siris 🙂 und 🙂 Selmas Artikel auch als milde Kritik an einigen Fotografen sehen, die Beherrschung der Technik mit Kreativität verwechseln. Uns geht’s hier um die Entwicklung von Bildideen und deren theoretischen Hintergründen.
      Oh dear, WERFEN … das würden wir uns nicht trauen 😉
      In unserer kleinen Gruppe kommen quasi zwei intrinsische Motivationen zusammen, die zur Fotografie und die zum Philosophieren – und das kommt dann dabei heraus …
      Mach’s gut und ganz herzlichen Dank für deinen Kommentar
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃👭🚶‍♂️

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    • Dear Derrick,
      you are absolutely right. It was our aim that the viewers ask themselves questions and question their mode of perception.
      Thanks a lot.
      Have a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  10. Whenever I attempt abstract photography it ever seems quite right – too self-conscious somehow. Occasionally though an accident happens, something serendipitous that was never intended in the first place. These are the images I treasure. All the best. Laurence.

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    • Good afternoon, dear Laurence,
      we see it differently. We think pictures have to become highly (self) conscious. At least since Goethe’s colour theory and modern theories of perception artist produce inspired by theories of light and perception f.e. like Turner and the French Impressionists.
      Well, to produce such pictures is a lot of trial and error but with a certain experience, you can control it to a certain degree. Chance meets controlled intellect, left brain hemisphere meets the right hemisphere’s mode of perception. But that’s not l’art pour l’art but the aim is to make the perceivers stop, getting puzzled and change their way of perception, destroying automatisms.
      With lots of love from the grey sea today
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Afternoon to you, Klausbernd. I think I tend to take a more intuitive approach to photography on the whole. But when you say ‘chance meets controlled intellect’ this makes me think of Henri Cartier Bresson, whose mantra was something to the effect of ‘chance favours the prepared mind. This, of course, manifest with the impeccable timing of his street photography – the ‘ decisive moment’. But we are talking B & W here of course. But certainly I agree: trial and error and a degree of control based on experience. Serendipity though, is not to be sniffed at. Greetings from a greyscale-sky Norwich. laurence

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    • Good afternoon, dear Laurence,
      after a rather grey early morning the sun is shining here and it’s rather warm. We worked in the garden and now we blog at little bit.
      We believe in Cartier Bresson’s view and would even say ‘chance favours only the prepared mind’. Siri 🙂 and our dear Master like to plan a picture meticously. If we get an idea where and what to photogaph they read and think a lot about it, they love to form a kind of theory or at least a theorem first. Dina prepares a picture by looking at painters who painted what and where she wants to take pictures and our beloved Selma is the spontaneous one. Our Master and Siri love Dina’s abstract art and her still life whereas Selma loves pictures which reflect romantic landscapes and portraits. She sees pictures with her heart whereas especially our Master sees pictures analytically. Dina is beyond all this she loves both – isn’t that enlightened? 😉
      Greetings from the sunny coast
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  11. Dear friends, first of all, congratulation to Klausbernd, the dear Master of Siri and Selma, for inspiring the girls to this entertaining and highly poetic reading. It’s a pleasure to read your posts,Siri and Selma! I find the photos very interesting and I do like them, well done, Dina!
    When I experiment with abstract painting, I never know the outcome and I suppose it’s the same with the international camera movement. You might have an idea when you see something, but the outcome is unpredictable. With an abstract painting I can change the appearance several times before I’m finished with it. I suppose half the fun with this kind of photography is the editing afterwards?
    Looking forward to your next post, Fab Four!
    Sarah x

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    • Good afternoon, dear Sarah,
      you got it, the fun is the editing. The picture one took is the basic material you start from and then you play around with editing until you get the results you are looking for. One could say, you start with ‘reality’, then play with it and become aware of what’s behind the obvious. We usually do this by reductions because deep in our hearts we all four are minimalists.
      Thank you very much for commenting 🙂 🙂
      With lots of love
      XXX
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  12. Wonderful work, Fab Four!
    A post quite to my liking. Brecht would have enjoyed this one, I think. 😉
    In a nutshell, your work in the marina was to make the familiar appear as unfamiliar. How many long evenings have we discussed the V-effect, I always think back of you in Sweden with fond memories. Sigh. Brecht’s idea was rooted in his desire to have theater as a place with social use, a place where viewers would not identify with characters on stage, but rather would critically engage with what was presented. He wanted the play to be seen as a representation of reality and not as reality itself. I think, it’s straightforward to apply this idea to photography: after all, photographs are a representation of reality, but not reality itself. Photography’s struggle with this basic confusion is ongoing. Much like in the case of Brechtian theater, thinking about the Verfremdungseffekt might help: if what is being presented visually is so alien as to break the link between reality and its representation (which in photography theory/criticism is discussed as indexicality), then we ought to be in business.
    Wising you a great new week!
    Kram, Annalena Xx

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    • Good afternoon, my dear friend Annalena,
      I am very much inspired by the V-Effect of Bert Brecht. I love his kind of theatre. Siri and I discussed it quite a lot and got the idea why not transfer this idea to photography. In a time of social and other media manipulate by arousing feelings we like to keep cool and to advocate a distant way of looking at pictures. Every picture is a picture, a representation of reality influenced by the ideology of the producer. If the perceivers don’t understand this, if they react in a naive and emotional way, they are manipulated without even noticing it. You are right, it’s absolutely amazing that we communicate more and more with pictures but too many people are still highly naive how they perceive pictures. Especially in times of populism, it should be a task of every producer of pictures to make the receivers of his/her picture to understand the difference between reality and iconographic representation of reality.
      Thank you to mention where Siri and I are coming from 🙂
      Have a great week as well. We’ll phone.
      Love
      Klausbernd 🙂

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    • I am absolutely lived and furious 😦 Dina and me are not those naive beings who have to learn from our arrogant Master and my sister. We know about the Verfremdung, this alienation effect, as much as they do – and probably even more. Siri and our Master don’t have a monopoly of being clever and intellectual NOT AT ALL!
      Selma, the CLEVER Bookfayrie

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  13. On second thoughts; “I think, it’s straightforward to apply this idea to photography”:
    Or maybe not at all so …

    After all, photography’s viewers are amazingly resistant to the Verfremdungseffekt.
    For example, the world doesn’t look at all like in those high-contrast black and white photojournalist pictures with their crooked horizon lines. Yet we view those pictures as depictions of reality, in part because we are used to seeing it presented this way. So Verfremdung doesn’t only have to do with what something is made to look like, whether or not, in other words, it looks like the world in front of our eyes. It also, and maybe even more importantly has to do with what we are used to seeing and with what we expect to see. You have inspired me to think further, I’ll certainly get back to you. Now I have to prepare my next lectures. 🙂
    Take care!
    Kram, Annalena Xx

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    • Verfremdung (alienation effects) in photography should at least make the perceivers aware of what they are expecting. But, you are right, people are very much resistant to get their expectations changed. They see what they expect. Look at blogging and other social media (especially Instagram), the visitors hardly ever look at a picture because they feel the pressure to visit as many people as possible in a short time hoping that they are getting revisited and likes or even a commentary. In a way, social media are destroying a reflected way of perception and at the end of producing as well.
      THANKS for making that clear!
      Love, hugs and kisses
      Klausbernd and Siri

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  14. Fab Four of Cley,
    I have never been much for abstract, but that second image I find, I would be able to stare at for hours. The quote, “Nothing is more abstract than reality” is the perfect accompaniment too – so true.
    I hope you are all well and enjoying carrying that equipment around for our lovely Dina. I encourage her experiments !!
    Have you read any interesting books lately crew?
    Enjoy the coming week!
    GP Cox

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    • Dear GP Cox,
      thank you so much for liking one of Dina’s pictures although you are not for the abstract. That’s great! Maybe with the abstract, it’s more about understanding than liking. Buchdame (commentary above) made that very much clear to us. We will Dina encourage to go on this way, for sure!
      A book we read just recently and liked was “4321” by Paul Auster.
      We wish you a wonderful week as well
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  15. These are wonderful artworks. The second is my favourite. To me, Dina’s photos represent what I would remember of a special scene, or ,maybe, more specifically, what I would remember feeling about that scene. ‘Paintings of light’, yes, but also paintings of movement, atmosphere, the senses, and of the vast array of colour tones we dwell in. The other artwork of Dina’s which I found compelling was her still life photography. https://fabfourblog.com/2017/03/24/norfolk-still-life/ Different approaches but both very beautiful.

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    • Dear Gallivanta,
      thank you so much to describe that well what Dina’s photos represent for you. They are meant to express all this what you see in them.
      Both, these abstract pictures and her still lifes, are highly reflected from a point of view of art history and we find them her best ones too. We, Siri & Selma and Klausbernd, think that Dina’s pictures are best when they kind of fit into the history of producing pictures.
      Wishing you a wonderful week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  16. Dear Fab Four,
    your repertoire is growing and the joy and fun you are having are obvious.
    Thanks for sharing this with us! Reality can hard to bear with, we could all do with some abstraction at times. In this kind of photography you don’t have to worry about distraction and disturbing elements, a gentle movement of the hand brings in the magic.
    Hope you are enjoying autumn!
    Greetings from Weimar,
    Per Magnus x

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    • Good afternoon, our dear friend Per Magnus,
      it was fun taking these pictures and it is fun reflecting about these pictures. Therefore we blog.
      Abstraction means distance. We think that we need much more cool distance in producing pictures and looking at pictures. We wrote a lot about it above in our exchange with our mutual friend Annalena.
      We like this: “a gentle movement of the hand brings in the magic”. Everyone can be a magician! Indeed!
      Lots of love
      KRAM
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  17. Wie mir die Bilder gefallen? Schon als ich den Titel eures Beitrages las, spürte ich Freude im Herzen…las die Eingangssätze, sah das erste Foto, so sanft, anmutig, seidenzart, ich lächelte, scrollte weiter, sah das zweite Foto….und fühlte Tränen der Freude über meine Wangen laufen….ja, jetzt wisst ihr, wie sehr mir Dinas Bilder gefallen. ❤

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  18. Lovely photos as ever – I particularly like the first one as it is totally abstract. But your timeline is a bit awry. The first Daguerrotypes were produced in 1839 and the process was totally dead by 1860, but Impressionism didn’t exist until 1872 when Monet’s “Impression: Sunrise” was shown at the Salon. Still, what’s 33 years between friends? 🙂

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    • Dear Dick,
      thanks a lot for commenting.
      The impressionistic movement was not at all a homogenous school of painting. It’s a question when you see it start and finish. Most art historians see its beginning around 1860. But that’s not so much the question. Most of the Impressionists were interested in the, at those times, modern development of photography – may be more so in Muybridge’s work, which wasn’t possible without Daguerre’s experiments. Daguerrotypes were widely known and quite common around 1850. There was a kind of hype 1850/51. In circles of artists, this technique was discussed. The Impressionists knew these pictures and, of course, the impressionistic movement did not start out of the blue at 1860.
      Sorry for being so pedantic.
      Greetings to you and Guni
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Liebe Maren,
      sollte unsere liebe Dina einmal die Bilder ausstellen, sollte sie sie unbedingt als “Lichtbadewannen” betiteln. Genial – Ganz herzlichen Dank für deine Inspirtion und lieben Dank auch für dein Lob 🙂
      Herzliche Grüße vom heute grauen Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  19. Greetings to the Fab Four,
    Thanks for posting these beautiful photos from Dina. I was immediately struck by the blurred motion mimicking the effects of wind and tide. That’s a tough effect to pull off and Dina did a superb job with it. The color palette is stunning. It reminds me of Sausalito, CA in the early morning light.
    Ω

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    • Dear Allan,
      the sea and the wind, tides and waves, a constantly changing world that can only be pictured abstractly. Showing the unseeable, movements …
      Unfortunately, we have never been to Sausalito. We expected your light, not that dominated by cold colours.
      Thanks for your great commentary 🙂
      Have an easy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Dear Allan,
      sorry, oh dear, our ignorance … We thought you had a hot climate.
      Our light here is softest in the late afternoon. We have classic maritime climate, never too hot, never too cold.
      Kind regards
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃👭🚶‍♂️

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    • That old “Flowers in your hair” song from the ’60s should have included a disclaimer to also bring a winter coat for the month of July. We love the climate here out of all of the many places that we have lived in.
      Ω

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    • Dear Allan,
      during my hippie time I could play this “Flowers in your hair” song on my guitar 🙂
      I had no idea that it could be cold at yours even in summer.
      Wishing you a happy evening
      Klausbernd and the rest of the Fab Four

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    • Guten Morgen, liebe Martina,
      das ist ein tolles Komplimet, dass du Dina’s Bilder in deinem Haus aufhängen würdest 🙂 🙂 Wir werden immer wieder solche Experimente hier zeigen, versprochen.
      Mit ganz lieben Grüßen vom Meer ins Tessin
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃👭🚶‍♂️

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  20. The colours and the light are beautiful. 🙂 🙂 Truthfully this style is not for me, and I’d rather hang one of Dina’s more realistic ‘paintings’ on my wall, but it is good to push oneself and experiment. An already accomplished photographer needs some place else to go. Much love to you all, there on your beautiful shoreline.

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    • Good morning, dear Jo,
      in the end, that’s a question of taste. We love abstract and minimalist paintings like deStijl, Bauhaus (especially Kandinsky and Klee) and Rothko f.e.
      You are right, we like experimenting as well and especially Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma always inspire us to try out something new.
      With lots of love
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃👭🚶‍♂️

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    • Das hast du toll ausgedrückt! 🙂 🙂 Herzlichen Dank.
      In der Tat ging es uns darum, die Essenz hinter dem Schein hervortreten zu lassen.
      Mit lieben Grüßen von der heute regnerischen Küste Norfolks
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  21. Welcome to the world of abstraction Dina. I love what we can creat with modern technology and imagination. There are many realists out there who prefer the perfect representation but I love the softness and creativity of abstract art. Beautifully done

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    • Thank you so much, dear Tina, for your kind words.
      Well, there are so many realistic pictures around that nobody, we included, really looks at them. We are flooded with these pictures from morning to night. We thought we need something new, pictures that make people stop and look at them. On the other hand, we love abstract art. We wouldn’t hang realistic pictures on our walls. Realistic pictures have for us an old-fashioned flair, but old-fashioned in a negative way.
      Great that you like Dina’s photography 🙂 🙂
      Love
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Good afternoon, dear Amy,
      explaining our ideas leading to those pictures brings ourselves more clarity too. Explaining produces a higher level of understanding.
      Thank you so much for liking Dina’s photography 🙂 🙂
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  22. 🙂 Die Bilder sind ungewöhnlich.
    Nachdem ich Hafen gelesen habe, konnte ich mir vorstellen, dass es sich dabei um Boote handelt.
    Bitte nicht böse sein, ich kann nicht lang drauf schauen – davon tun mir die Augen weh. Ist wohl etwas zu verschwommen.
    Aber die Farben sind sehr schön!
    Liebe Grüße 🙂

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    • Masterchen erzählt oft von seiner anthroposophischen Lehrerin Dr. Olga Freifrau von Ungern-Sternberg, die er als ‘Jüngling mit lockigem Haar’ hatte. Sie sagte öfters, man muss nicht scharf sehen, um zu erkennen. Die Welt in ihren Erscheinungsformen ist eben nicht eindeutig.
      Herzlichen Dank für deinen Kommentar 🙂 🙂
      Liebe Grüße auch von uns
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  23. Photography and painting are truly sisters in art. And, Picasso was absolutely right. So was John in using ‘ethereal’ to describe your photos. Congratulations, Dina. Your work is tremendous and the results are stunning. Really!

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  24. I thoroughly enjoyed this post – both the pictures and the accompanying text. My own interest includes a great deal of abstract work and I look forward to seeing further examples of Dina’s work in this ‘genre’.

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    • Good afternoon, dear Louis,
      we surely will cheer on our dear Dina to present more of her abstract art. We personally love most her abstract pictures and her still lifes. But to produce and present abstract art and still lifes needs much more time and in a way more research than producing and showing her realistic pictures. Actually, ‘realistic’ and ‘picture’ shouldn’t go together as a picture is never realistic. A picture is an image but never ever the reality, at best it’s a representation of reality. In a way, a representation is the first step of abstraction. But we love it as well when our dear Dina goes further.
      Thank you so much for your commentary.
      With love
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Good morning, dear RH,
      to get these effects right one needs quite a lot of trial and error. In the end, it is the experience that matters.
      Thank you very much for commenting and liking our posts.
      Wishing you a great weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  25. Yes, I like them. 🙂 I have worked with intentional camera movement, blurred images, etc. and I enjoy it. What is special about these is the light, and the color – ethereal, as I think you said. I like the notion of painting and photography as sisters who inspire one another – that’s a good one! I can see the link between what you’re doing here, and the cattle pictures – capturing the essence of the object, or the moment. And yes, after having so many documentary-style photos in our lives, one wants to simplify and find something with more emotional resonance.

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    • Hello, dear Bluebrightly,
      we experienced that we can improve the quality of our pictures by studying art history. A photographer as producer of pictures has to find his or her standpoint in this tradition. We love simplifying and when you simplify you automatically reach a point of abstraction. Furthermore, our experience taught us that we need a kind of theory that is leading our way how to take a picture and what we want to express. A lot of photographers think about the camera and editing techniques but it seems to us that it is much more important to reflect the idea and perception of a picture.
      Thanks a lot for your commentary.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Yes, for sure. It’s useful to step back and think about what you’re doing, not technically, but underneath all that. You can learn a lot from art history. I also beleive that clearing your mind and seeing with eyes and mind unencumbered by too much thought is helpful – at least at the moment you’re shooting.

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    • Dear Bluebrightly,
      exactly this was Wassily Kandinsky writing concerning painters, they have to know a lot about art and everything but during the process of painting, they have to be empty. All the knowledge comes out subconsciously then. We suppose that could be said for photographers as well. We Fab Four use to follow this advice.
      Wishing you a great weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  26. “Slow Shutter Speed” anstatt Schnappschuss! Und darauf einen Mango Lassie!
    Herzliche Grüße von Pia
    Farbbadbilder, Samarth…Artistische Bild-Wortverbindungen, genialer Post, Danke dafür!!!
    Bin begeistert, Siri und Selma dürften euch feiern, great!!!

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    • Hallo, liebe Pia,
      wir lieben deinen Satz “Slow Shutter Speed anstatt Schnappschuss”. Genau das ist es, sozusagen reflektierte Fotografie. Man könnte auch sagen, ‘überlegte Fotogafie statt Technik’, denn bei einigen Fotografen ersetzt die Technik die Kreativität und heraus kommt das Ewiggleiche.
      Toll, dass dir unsere Post gefällt, Siri 🙂 und 🙂 Selma freuen sich besonders darüber.
      Wir wünschen dir ein höchst angenehmes Wochenende
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  27. Liebe Hanne, die Fotos sind dir sehr gut gelungen. Es macht immer Spaß, die Kamera zu bewegen und mit der Belichtung zu schauen, was daraus entsteht. Wir waren gerade für eine Woche in den Bergen und ich habe über 300 Fotos in der Senkenbergklamm vom bewegten Wasser fotografiert. Dabei sind viele interessante Arbeiten entstanden. Ich werde sie demnächst zeigen.
    Liebe Grüße an euch alle vier, das Wetter in Berlin bleibt konstant an der 30 Grad Grenze,
    Susanne

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    • Guten Tag, liebe Susanne,
      das freut uns sehr, dass dir Dinas Fotos gefallen – und auch 😉
      Wir sind gespannt auf deine Fotos von der Senkenbergklamm 🙂 🙂
      Hier haben wir angenehmes Wetter, Sonne bei knapp über 20 Grad; ein Problem ist die Trockenheit. Es regnete zwar vor 2 Wochen oder so, aber das war nicht genug für Siris und Selmas Feengarten. So schleppen die beiden jeden Morgen und Abend ihre Gießkannen, um die gierigen Tomaten und mehr oder weniger alle Blütenpflanzen mit Wasser zu versorgen.
      Mit ganz lieben Grüßen und feinstem Feenhauch
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  28. The quote from Picasso is a perfect opening for this post, such wonderful photos that fit the idea “You must always start with something. Afterwards, you can remove all traces of reality.” And from there my imagination runs wild with Dina’s photos ~ the second one being my favorite. The introduction into other abstract artists is appreciated, it is a side of art I am less familiar with but very attracted to. Good to hear that the NNPS membership for Dina has provide additional inspiration to expand her horizons in photography 🙂

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    • Good afternoon, dear Dalo,
      such abstract pictures are structuralist. They show the object’s basic structures. Seeing it like this you can say they show the basics that inspire your imagination – something like archetypes.
      Thank you very much for your commentary 🙂 🙂
      Have a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  29. I love both realism and abstraction. Of course, one doesn’t exclude the other. But I agree that these impressionistic images have something ethereal about them, something beyond the mere documentation. The colours feel like summer, light and happy.

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  30. I’ve been enjoying these photos since they were posted. It’s quite interesting to me that my first impresion was of boats and the sea. Perhaps because I’ve spent so many years among the masts, their form is recognizable to me, however creatively rearranged. I do love these. The colors are beautiful, of course, but they have the same restful feeling as an evening at anchor. Evening falls, the colors shift and change, and the boat rocks — I can feel it all, through Dina’s photos.

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    • Thank you very much for your commentary. Exactly, it’s the mood of an evening at anchor. One can hear the cosy sounds of the rigging.
      As you did, Dina had quite a time when she more or less lived on sailing boats.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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