Abstract Perspective: Ice

The photograph is a Constructed Reality. It is at its most deceptive when it appears to depict the everyday reality that we come to expect.


Iced Path - Abstract Perspective Monochrome


Dark glacial wall

daunting abstract over-hangs 

heads,  foreboding quiet –

The Reality that we come to expect.

Beware the Terror that

lurks just around the corner.

–  a friendly message from your concerned politicians.

Please contact Proper Authorities when you become suspicious





neighbours, or family members.





Iced Path - Abstract Perspective Colour

Pop Art Memory –

you had to be there man –  like, Get Real

Constructed  Visions –


Don’t mess with Reality. 

This is your brain on drugs !

The sale of alcohol and tobacco is strictly controlled by the government.

Medical Marijuana takes away the pain


Everyday Reality.

I would walk a Mile for a Camel .

You’ve come a long way baby !

Welcome to Marlboro Country .

That Cool menthol smoke, ………………… Everything you always wanted in a beer…and less……….

 ………the everyday reality that we come to expect.


Iced Path - Abstract Perspective Natural


Winter path melts down

towards Spring’s Reality,

coolly accepts warmth.



Photographers use a set of photographic codes and conventions to construct a reality and convey a set of values, beliefs and ideologies.  This is true of all forms of Mass Media. This constructed reality is at its most deceptive when it appears to depict the everyday reality that we come to expect.  If it plays into cultural/group identification and expectations we will perceive what we are meant to believe.


Take a shot of an icy winter pathway. Frame your subject, select camera angle & level, select camera settings and reality has been shaped. A message is conveyed to the viewer. An organic abstract has been found in midst of everyday experience – presented so that shape, texture, light and colour form an aesthetic not initially noticed by those simply looking to traverse the area safely.

 Now flip or rotate that image and directions, size, distance and context become less certain to the viewer. Further alter the image by turning it to monochrome or punching up colour saturation and contrast and the natural abstract conveys a different emotional atmosphere. Expectations have been modified. Values, beliefs and ideologies have been massaged by the shape of medium’s message.


This post is a third in the series – see the above links on deceptive reality and organic abstract. The other links provide further background information and extended context. This post also is part of 

Thursday’s Special: Abstract


Suzanne commented on the second post in this series – she is writing the guest post for Paula’s Photo Challenge  – that my subject of abstracts and perception fitted nicely with her selected topic – Abstracted Moments .  So I hope these links work and that viewers find this mix of haiku, free verse and mass media messaging both of interest &  entertaining.



13 thoughts on “Abstract Perspective: Ice

  1. leecleland

    Reality becomes confused with you at the helm Joseph, master of abstraction. I love the thoughts and words behind this post but the abstraction is fairly restrained from your normal amazing escapades 🙂

    1. elmediat

      Thanks very much Lee. Part of the subdued tone was because I wanted to emphasize how more subtle choices can alter the viewer’s interpretation of image. It also fit in with my approach to natural abstracts being something in the environment that did not require a great deal of manipulation.

      Between the three posts I think I hit most of the key ideas I wanted to express. I am processing information as I prepare some posts for the Media Literacy blog – I am getting into a Media Literacy frame of mind. 🙂

      1. leecleland

        I guess it does take a bit of a flip to move between the different blogs. Media Literacy is the only one I don’t read all the time particularly if there is a video attached. Mainly because I am limited to 15GB download/upload per month and at slow speed also. I guard my GB jealously 🙂

      2. elmediat

        The Media Literacy is the original from my teaching days – way back when school board administration and the Teaching Federation did not quite know what a blog was. All kinds of anxiety. I had to be careful about links to the board/school website. They feared that any opinions or observations an employee made could be perceived by the general public ( parents and concerned taxpayers ) as official board/school policy. That is why the blog name / nom de plume was elmediat ( Elliot Lake Media Teacher ) . 😀

        All sorts of legal issues and potential fears just resulted in the teaching practices regarding mass media technology and new social media were/are behind the curve instead of being ahead of it. By the time they get caught up to where the students were the students had moved on.

        In any case, it is a different mind set when posting on that blog. Emphasis is on analysis, observations and occasional teaching related bits. I post there very infrequently now. Some of the ideas have spilled over into the other blogs, but there is some stuff that does not fit.

        Understand your download & upload capacity issues – all mass media have business interests and the companies will make their $$$ in the end. 🙂

  2. This is quite original and I love it. I chose the second photo to be displayed on my page with a link to your post. Thank you very much for joining the challenge. I hope you are having fun. Best, Paula

    1. elmediat

      Many thanks Paula. It fitted in with the series. If I had not done the challenge I may have put off the post & it would have taken a very different form. So Suzanne’s comment was a bit of a synchronistic push. 😀

      I will double check your link page. I tried to pay every participant a visit. 🙂

  3. Pingback: Ice Melt Monochrome Abstracts | Dark Pines Photo

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