Abstract Expressionistic Photography II

Challenge #18 in the Great Movements in Photography series. Hosted by Mark Scott Abeln.
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Face it. All the photographs in these galleries are in fact merely flat rectangles of light. What kind of photographs could you make if you took this flatness and rectangleness as your main starting point? The Abstract Expressionist movement in art, which started in New York in the late 1940s, is said to have been a reaction against the horrors of the Second World War. Seemingly apolitical, emotional, and even perhaps nihilist, Abstract Expressionism was a sharp break from the often explicitly political and realistic Photographic Modernism and Social Realism art movements of the 1930s. This largely non-figurative school of art took inspiration from the philosophy of Existentialism, and the process of making art was considered to be more important than the final object. Abstract Expressionist painters were inspired by photographers, while photographers in turn were inspired by the painters.
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Refracting Cross-polarised Light
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This is a torn piece of a plastic ziplock bag placed on a computer monitor (you can see the pixels in the image). As computer monitors contain a built in polariser, shooting with my polariser aligned in the opposite direction means no light should enter the lens as the oppositely aligned filters block half of the light each. The colour in the image is produced by the polarised light being refracted from stresses in the plastic, which passes through the second filter between the subject and the lens.
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Submitted: Tuesday, 2nd October, 2012 12:03 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 15th June, 2012
Focal length: 50 mm
Shutter speed: 1/2 sec
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ISO: 100
Notes: Taken with a reverse-mounted Carl Zeiss 50mm Tessar, somewhere around f8 with a circular polariser handheld between the lens and the subject.
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