The graphic de­signer/pho­tog­ra­pher shares his art­ful ab­stract shots

David Queenan finds in­cred­i­ble colours and tex­tures that look like paint­ings

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David Queenan

At first glance, David Queenan’s ab­stract pho­to­graphs look like

mod­ernist paint­ings. The deep blues mar­bled along the bot­tom of one im­age look as though they’ve been built up with lay­ers of oil paint on a can­vas. Con­trasted with a crisp, uni­form red line, you might won­der if the artist is mak­ing a state­ment with this pre­ci­sion. In an­other, indigo tree shapes ap­pear like shad­ows against a deep, inky back­ground, and are topped with verdi­gris fronds. In fact, these master­pieces are the hulls of fish­ing boats, cap­tured on cam­era by chance.

“Be­ing a graphic de­signer (as well as a pho­tog­ra­pher), I en­joy the cre­ative process of find­ing ab­stract art in what some might re­gard as mun­dane ob­jects,” David ex­plains. “It can also be a good way of pass­ing the time while wait­ing for the light to im­prove or if the weather isn’t great when out shoot­ing land­scapes.

“On one such oc­ca­sion af­ter get­ting up early to shoot the Forth bridges at sun­rise, I was just about to head home when I spot­ted the boats at the nearby har­bour had been taken out of the water for win­ter main­te­nance. This pro­vided me with an op­por­tu­nity to get up close to the hulls with their peel­ing paint­work. I par­tic­u­larly liked the con­trast of bright colours and the more dis­tressed and tex­tured ar­eas on the boats.”

David is best known for his land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy, hav­ing won the 2015 Scot­tish Na­ture Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards and also be­ing suc­cess­ful in the Scot­tish Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year 2016 and Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year 2016. These ab­stracts and oth­ers on his web­site and In­sta­gram feed show his graphic de­signer’s eye at work else­where, though.

Why not take in­spi­ra­tion from David and keep an eye open for the in­ter­est­ing tex­tures, colours and pat­terns that are all around you? You’ll be amazed by what you come up with…

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