FX: Photography as abstract art…

If ever I’m asked, I have always said that I’m not in the least bit artistic, and what I suppose that really means is, I can’t draw or paint.

But there are other forms of art.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I use filters and post production effects on some of my pictures, but sometimes it’s fun to use existing photos, along with various editing software and gadgets, to create something completely new.

Here are a selection of manipulated images that all began life as shots of perfectly ordinary objects, people, buildings and landscapes.

It’s amazing what you can do with a smartphone…

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Marwood Hill gardens, North Devon…

Marwood Hill gardens, twenty minutes drive from Barnstaple, was established in the 1950’s by original owner Dr Jimmy Smart and has evolved into a spectacular landscape in the hills of North Devon.
Cottage garden planting at the top of the valley gives way to water and more exotic plants at the bottom, all tied together by hundreds of beautiful trees.

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Salt Pill nature reserve, Fremington…

Salt Pill duck pond is a nature reserve owned by The Gaia Trust and is accessible from the Tarka trail, a short walk up the cycle path from Fremington Quay.
Birdsong, wild flowers, bees, butterflies and moths all add to the unspoilt landscape on the banks of the river Taw, where we took a walk on Sunday…

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…and just after we got home, I captured this sparrow outside our kitchen window.

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Life’s a beach…

Not only do we have a fabulous choice of rivers and waterways to explore in the West Country, we also have a great many beautiful beaches around the coastline, making Devon and Cornwall a top destination for U.K. holiday makers.
So it’s hardly surprising that my wife and daughter, coming as they do from Michigan and having rarely even seen the ocean, let alone been in it, quickly fell in love with their new home.

I think the pictures of Audrey in this collection illustrate that perfectly…

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