I attempted a rather abstract and odd self-portrait, when I was shooting in Santana Row. My friend Dan noticed this ornate and old-world-ish wall. It was in a really dark spot and I didn’t expect the colors to show well. I was wrong. Looking through the rear LCD, unexpectedly, the colors presented themselves quite well.
As I shot the wall, I noticed a shadow of myself cast from a nearby street lamp. Rather than fight it, I turned the orientation to portrait and decided to incorporate myself in the image.
You can probably make out my form, with my hands raised. The rectangle, on top of my head, is the Canon Gx7 Mark II. I tried to minimize any vertical and horizontal distortion so I shot from up high and as perpendicular to the wall as possible. Small keystone tweaks in post processing minimized the distortion as best I can.
What resulted is a decidedly strange combination of abstract painting, texture, architecture and geometry. An exercise in creativity? Perhaps. Is it a successful image? Well, you can be the judge.
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