Abstract Wood

An hour later and I would have missed these images. They are sections of plywood panels around a building site that was being boarded-up.

I had spotted them being erected two or three weeks earlier and made a mental note to return to photograph them. There were literally dozens of them. The mental note went un-noted, AWOL, forgotten. It was only when I was back in that part of town when suddenly a light switched on in my brain: ‘those panels,  you were going to photograph those panels’.

Thankfully I had my Lumix in my pocket. When I reached the site, two men were busily covering up the plywood panels with shiny white plastic panels advertising the developer. They were being covered up at the rate of about one every two minutes. Panic! There were only about a dozen left un-covered. I hastily grabbed the shots still available (as usual, watched curiously by the workmen), while quietly fuming, knowing I had missed a feast of images and come away with just a few crumbs. Still – could have been worse.

Plywood panels like these can be guaranteed to have wood grain in them. Every panel is different, probably unique. In some the grain is subdued, in others it positively shouts. Another example of nature’s abstracts, these ones revealed in the timber yard when the wood was ‘sliced’.

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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17 Responses to Abstract Wood

  1. Great images Andy – and just in the nick of time!

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  2. Sue says:

    Oh, well captured!!


  3. Dina says:

    Well done! Inspiring work, Andy! And … it always pay to have a camera with you. 🙂


  4. paula graham says:

    Well, yet confirmation you do not have to travel far for something special and that you need to ‘go’ for it when the opportunity presents itself.

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  5. Zezee says:

    Lol I could imagine the workmen wondering what you were up to.
    Love the shots.


  6. shoreacres says:

    Now I’m wondering about the differences between this plywood and marine plywood. My sense is that marine plywood isn’t nearly so interesting, because of a more regular grain. I’ll have to take a real look, and see what I can see.

    These are wonderful images. In the first, there are suggestions of three butterflies headed in three different directions. And the second? It brought Edvard Munch’s The Scream to mind. Who says plywood’s boring?

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  7. bluebrightly says:

    Not crumbs by any means, but I can relate to the frustration, and to the forgetful mind that gets triggered by something visual. These are great images, and I like the way you processed them to bring out the patterns.


  8. Wow, awesome article! Really inspiring. I really love arts & crafts (and|&) stuff. Thanks so much!


  9. This is a cool difference of perspective on wood.


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