Posts Tagged ‘ Kate Mellersh ’

still perky, despite the rising odds

It’s time for a bit of decay from Kate Mellersh.

As compositions go, this is stark evidence that simplicity is power. There are two dominant elements at play: a border at the top and right edges, and a clear-cut subject in the lower left. Between them, a diagonal through the negative space of abstract chaos.

Captivating; fascinating; pure.


try expanding your capacity for wonder

My friend Kate Mellersh posted this unfocused beauty a few days ago…

There is something about the abstraction of a completely out-of-focus image that can be extremely appealing, especially as here where that lack of focus translates into strangely patterned specular highlights (try complaining about the imperfection in your lens when it creates effects like this). What makes this image work so well is the motion – the flow of the white spots from the upper left side towards us, spreading slightly as they flow towards the lower right corner. The orange highlights acting as a second layer to this theme of movement anchor the image in that corner, and the green sets up balance on the left. Add in the soft blue background and we have a full palette.

Magical: there is no other single word to describe it.

our conversation remains etched in my brain

It is time for more sensual abstraction for Kate Mellersh.

our conversation remains etched in my brain

As has become a common theme of late in these posts, it is the simplicity of the composition here that makes it so effective. The subject, being sand, provides only a patterned texture to enthral us. That is enough. There is a sense of motion in the ridges and crevices carved in the beach; we can feel the water as it flows. And so we follow the directed chaos through the picture, the perspective clearly drawing us from bottom to top through the abstraction of flow.

It is texture and lighting together that make this work as it does, plus the angle it is shot from.

A powerful abstract – simple, and without distractions.


A couple of days late, another captivating offering from Kate Mellersh.

As I study this image, I wonder what about it immediately captured my attention. The elements I would normally expect are not present. Instead, there is intensity and a distinct slant on the portrayed reality. Yes, it is the Chiaroscuro-type contrast that makes the subject stand out so prominently: black and white, with only the faintest touches of green-gold outlining the shapes. That glowing hue is perfectly matched by the sky deepening to blue.

A key detail of the image’s composition is the subtle diagonal: corner to corner, yet the subject matter manages to appear not the be arcing in that way. This is nicely offset by the position of the sun in the opposite corner, acting as an anchoring element. Of course, there is the most obvious detail: the inversion. Is it reflection, or an image flipped? (My money is firmly on the latter, for several reasons.) This, I believe, would not work without the sun’s anchoring presence.

Intense, yet subtle.

patience is all, sit and wait

Time now for a visit with Lola, expertly composed by Kate Mellersh.

patience is all, sit and wait

While some might find Lola’s ginger cuteness to be the immediate draw in this image (and there is no doubt it captures one’s attention), the real attraction is in the composition. the real-world depth that exists between viewer and subject is clearly conveyed through the fold in the curtain, which provides a leading line in from the corner of the image. Add to this the S-curve between that leading line, Lola’s body and looping tail, and the organic nature of the image is retained. While there is no clear usage of golden ratios, the S-curve does bounce off them rather nicely, with Lola’s head between primary and secondary verticals, the base of her tail on the secondary and the tip just about touching the primary.

This usage of a leading line and S-curve all below the primary vertical golden ratio obviously fills the rest of the scene with negative space, and the secondary leading lines – above and below – of the curtain’s lower edge.

Captivating minimalism.

your pronouncements will find you out

It is time for another offering from Kate Mellersh, who has an uncanny ability to make art out of the strangest details in the most every-day situations.

your pronouncements will find you out

Take a simple plant resting upon a concrete paving stone, and casting an elongated shadow. Then frame it correctly. Simple, but every detail must be just right if it is to be balanced composition. The difference in colour between the twig and seed pods, and the harsh ground needs to be just right. The depth of the shadow cast must match the brightness of the green, but in opposition. These tones are only part of the tale – next the cast shadow must be aligned such that it stretches across the scene, triangular in shape, from edge to edge, grounding it.

The crack between paving stones is another fundamental element here: it acts as anchor to the scene, giving a sense of alignment. Which brings us to the use of golden ratios within the shot: the crack being on a tertiary vertical (it does not matter that there is considerable leeway within the width of the crack, it is still over it). The lowest tip of the seed pod’s wing reaches the lower primary golden ratio. On the horizontals, all the green sits just to the right of the primary line, with the dominant seed pod (and its wings) squeezed between the secondary and tertiary lines on the right.

The result of this elongated subject within an almost square image with a dominant framing element and triangular subject is a vast swathe of negative space, allowing the image to breath.

A dramatic, vibrant still life.

after a while, it all began to swim before my eyes

My second post today is from my friend Kate Mellersh, whose other life as an editor comes through in this image.

after a while, it all began to swim before my eyes

The compositional interest in this image is in the natural mirrored diptych, with the divider perfectly placed over the golden ratio. Additionally, there is a sense of disconcerting depth and un-balance created through the angle of the main subject: there is clear perspective in the pattern of the keys, without any loss of focus. This, however, is offset within the reflection where everything appears blurred and distorted (oh, the joy of matt screen glass).

Simple, and balanced (in a disturbing sort of way).

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