Pelican: Invite to Abstract

 

As I zoomed in on this guy, at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve during a recent trip to Southern California, I wondered: Could I make this into an abstract? Something that would require at least a split second for the viewer to recognize as more than an artist’s combination of colors and textures? That approach was particularly tempting when the head was pulled down tight against the body, eliminating the visual cue of an outstretched beak. Ultimately I didn’t carry it quite to that extent, but those moments with the pelican — a co-operative subject, accustomed to humans and intent on fishing — still allowed me to work up an interesting treatment, with a textured backing.Pelican_rev_SMKane

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