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New Abstract: Face Off

Larry Weidel
Face Off

Face Off

Balance and precision define this image.

This composition was not intended to expose the “what” of the objects depicted, but rather to reveal the intention of their shared deeper nature which creates a direct but unemotional confrontation. I wanted to show what they could mean to each other as abstract forms intruding without apology into each other's space.

The negative space between the smooth corners of the angular forms is as deliberate as the metallic shapes themselves.

In this way, it evokes the paradoxical emotions of firm resolution and gentle tranquility.

New Abstract: Transcendence

Larry Weidel
Transcendence

Transcendence

I was immediately attracted to the composition of lights and color dancing out of the darkness.

I knew there was something fascinating going on, but I could not have known that each white light would transform into a perfect crystalline sand dollar at super high-resolution. This is exactly the sort of happy accident that has kept me inspired as a photographer for so many years.

The soft waves of the strands contrast the clean edges of each bright orb burning against the dark.

Falling, repeated, one after another—the lights have a dreamlike effect, real and unreal at the same time.

New Abstract: Harlequin

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Harlequin

Harlequin

Happenstance: chance or a chance situation, especially one producing a good result.

This abstract composition that I titled, “Harlequin,” was found by pure happenstance—in my photographic work, many of my best images are.

Created from a single, chance visual encounter.

If we pay attention and are present in the moment, magic can unfold in front of our very eyes, there is much to observe that is hidden in plain sight.

New Street Image: Man at the MoMA

Larry Weidel
Man at the MoMA

Man at the MoMA

Here, I captured a moment in time at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

What struck me most was the excitement and the curiosity of the patrons—from school children to matrons, and everyone else in between.

I followed this elderly gentleman as he nearly skipped around the exhibition rooms with childlike glee, discovering modern masterpieces at every turn. He paused here to fully absorb the rolling abstract bodies depicted in Pablo Picasso’s Two Nudes.

I was reminded of what Picasso once said, "It takes a long time to become young."

New Landscape: Mountain's Peak

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Mt. Sopris West Peak #1

Mt. Sopris West Peak #1

Like a life model in different poses, Mt Sopris presents us her form.

The angle of her ridge rises and falls from background to foreground, drawing the eye along with it. Stark shadows and the steep lines of her precipice intimidate as well as inspire.

This intimacy with Mother Nature did not come easily. Our ex-special forces pilot flew into a realm of arctic conditions, skimming the ridges and tree line at a speed of over one hundred knots. A blast of ice-cold air numbed me and the crew as I opened the side door of the helicopter to capture the scene.

New Abstract: Archipelago

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Archipelago

Archipelago

Once again I am fascinated by the variegated, random patterns that I encounter when exploring with my photography.

Looking at the world though a camera forces one to take pause and consider not only what is hidden in plain sight, but also the “big picture” and our place in the world. This image, for me, has an organic, elemental energy. It holds my attention, coaxing me to explore the surface and discover hidden nuances of the harmonious composition.

New Landscape: Windswept Ridge

Larry Weidel
Windswept Ridge

Windswept Ridge

When I edit my archives, I constantly unearth little jewels of imagery that rekindle the awe that I felt when I had the opportunity to take that particular shot.

Here Mount Sopris takes me on a visual journey of discovery once again. Bold yet beguiling, the curvaceous flow of its windswept ridge seduces the eye with its sinuous form.

New Wildlife Image: Stag's Leap

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Stag’s Leap

Stag’s Leap

In a miraculous split-second shot, I caught this bull elk pre-flight.

My years of honing my reflexes through bow hunting serve me well now in a creative capacity.

It is always humbling to see such a magnificent creature overcoming the obstacles that mankind has set forth, taking the stumbling block in regal stride.

I see it as an inspirational metaphor and encouragement to us: face obstacles head-on and overcome. Take that leap of faith!

New Landscape: Maroon Bells Reflection

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Maroon Bells #2

Maroon Bells #2

Behold the most-photographed mountain in North America, Maroon Bells. In the fall when the aspen trees burst into a kaleidoscope of color, the lake is ringed with photographers.

From predawn to dusk, they come from all over the world to try to capture the pure alpine beauty.

A certain photographer, Mr. Ansel Adams, may have been responsible for this trend. Back in the 1950s, he took the seminal shot of the Bells in black and white.

This image is my homage to him.

NEW Series: Sopris Unveiling

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A Bird’s Eye View of Mount Sopris

Like a sculpture, Mount Sopris can only be fully appreciated from multiple angles.

This breathtaking and photogenic mountain stands sentinel, anchored to earth by a vast wall of mountain peaks and ridges. I got the opportunity to capture it from a bird’s eye view.

From these images, we get a sense of the peak’s majestic dominance within the valley. The deeply scooped cirque beckons the eye to explore the inner terrain of the treacherous rock face. The dark shadows of the stones and bright highlights of the snow illuminate the mind with delight.

Click over to the Sopris Series to see full-size images. From the series page, click on the first image to enlarge it to full screen. Then, click right to go through the images. 

New Abstract: Flood Tide

Larry Weidel
Flood Tide

Flood Tide

I strive to find and document beauty.

With so much anguish and dark drama in the world, I am compelled to provide a counterpoint to the shock-and-horror imagery that is presented to us in the media and modern art world.

I empathize deeply with the travails of mankind, and by acknowledging suffering, I nurture my desire to encourage the viewer. Through this piece, I hope to allow others to step into the light and be engulfed and uplifted by the beauty that is everywhere.

New Abstract: Dappled Gray

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Dappled Gray

Dappled Gray

I have an overly developed trait: curiosity.

Every day I am fueled by the desire to explore and discover new things—images, places, people, experiences. I look for the unexpected, or simply for visual revelations that are hidden in plain sight.

In doing so, I think of myself as a seeker and keeper of precious things, always searching for the proverbial Holy Grail to add to my photography collection.

New Abstract: Cosmology

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Cosmology #3

Cosmology #3

A photographer’s camera is their paintbrush. Using it, I strive to create works that are familiar but also enigmatic.

In this study, there is a harmonious balance of color and form, a vibrant energy that invigorates and excites. The eye is encouraged to explore the surface.

The sensation of this piece is almost volcanic, as if we are seeing our planet from above. Clouds, oceans, and landforms come into focus, punctuated by splashes of vibrant color.

New Abstract: Monochrome World

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Monochrome Abstract #6

Monochrome Abstract #6

Through my lens, I like to capture moments in time . . .

For a fraction of a second, this spinning universe is paused. The chaos is halted, and order is established. Frozen, its beauty is fully revealed.

In this composition, I find a pattern frequency that is visually calming and meditative—a zen-like quality that soothes the soul. I am reminded of the early works of Harry Callahan, where he takes seemingly ordinary imagery and creates a study that is extraordinary.

New Landscape: Autumn Snow at Maroon Bells

Larry Weidel
Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells

Minutes from Aspen, Colorado, I found myself in the heart of the wilderness, feeling as if I was light-years from civilization.

It is hard to describe the overwhelming sense of awe and wonder that one feels when standing by the edge of the pristine alpine lake with the Maroon Bells mountains dominating the horizon.

In a few miles, we are transported to another world, away from the cacophony of modern existence to the serenity of the alpine environment. Our senses are enriched by the soothing sounds of a gurgling stream or an eagle’s call. With my camera, I seek to immortalize the memory of these transcendent moments.

New Landscape: Breathtaking Mountain Scene

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Misty Mountain Hop #3

Misty Mountain Hop #3

Revelations come when least expected. When I commune with nature with my camera, the most incredible images tend to reveal themselves when I am patient.

Anticipating an opportunity, I am motivated to capture nature’s sublime beauty even in the most arduous conditions.

Dawn was breaking, and a shroud of cloud had enveloped the mountain ridge. As the winds shifted and the damp mist dissolved, I was rewarded with a tantalizing silhouette. I felt that I had been transported to a mythical place—a primal time where my soul was revitalized, and my mind was opened.

New Unique Abstract: Underwater Urban

Larry Weidel
Underwater Urban

Underwater Urban

From afar, the blue tones and sporadic colors of this image evoke in my imagination the diversity of marine life.

Upon further inspection, it becomes apparent that it is art of a less organic kind.

As an abstract, it pulls from my mind both the remarkable brilliance of nature and the mortality of man, woven together to create a sensation as unique as the stretch of pavement where I captured it.

New Wildlife Image: Bull Elk in Velvet

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Bull Elk in Velvet #13

Bull Elk in Velvet #13

In the wilds of northern Colorado, Estes Park is filled with wildlife.

Elk descend from their northern tundra home to the warmer climates of Rocky Mountain National Park in the late summer. Their world is so alien from ours, yet we live alongside them, sharing a profoundly beautiful planet.

A bull elk, sporting an impressive set of velvet-covered antlers, contentedly browses the meadow flowers as I stand at a respectful distance with my camera. The opportunity to photograph these incredible creatures, to capture their wildness and beauty, never grows old. 

New Natural Abstract: Tree of Life

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Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Earthy. Intriguing. Captivating. When I took this photograph, I was mesmerized by its alluring complexity. Life has an amazing way of creating symbiotic relationships. Humans don’t thrive in isolation, and neither do the sentinels of our world’s wildernesses.

On a walk, I saw many trees, but none captured the incredible intricacy and mystery of the forest world like this one. This image has an enduring tactile quality, exciting the senses and exuding a calming presence.

Lichen and fungus combine their colors and textures on a palette of tree bark to create a compelling abstract that is both thought-provoking and incredibly beautiful

New Black and White Adventure: Formations

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Formations

Formations

While photographing Pikes Peak, I became fascinated with these rock formations.

They reminded me of how wet sand forms when dripped from the hand of a child building castles. I noticed clouds were moving in and decided to see what would appear. I waited, camera in hand, hoping the clouds would cooperate by entering the frame in an aesthetically pleasing way.

The clouds soon covered the entire sky. Interesting, but not what I was going for. I took a few shots, but it wasn’t what I was after.

Then, moments later, a smaller cloud passed in front of the blanket of clouds in the back that mimicked the rock formations. I couldn't believe it! And that's how this photograph was born.