Marisa D. Aceves. Obsidian Rhythm – Composition 10. digital photography
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As I gingerly opened my bathroom drawers, I noticed the plethora of specialized brushes, makeup wrappers, hair picks and other beauty paraphernalia. The small drawers could barely hold years of accumulated styling tools. I knew instantly that I had to engage in a little activity that none of us like to admit that we have to do, spring cleaning. Then, they jumped out at me. They were small, black and had interesting ridges that were easy to notice when the light moved across their narrow surface. After taking several pictures with my phone camera, I realized that the results reminded me of many examples of 60’s Op art that I’d seen in heavy, college art books. The neutral black of the objects made it even easier to focus on the pronounced rhythms the lines formed.
It’s not always apparent which objects I should photograph. Sometimes I have to wait patiently until something speaks to me; then I have a visual conversation with the object I’ve chosen. In this particular case, the objects were small and thin. It took several to form the surface designs that would give this picture it’s defining quality.
Marisa D. Aceves. Chroma Blast – Blue Crush Wave. digital photography
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Several shards of light like tiny white arms push and stretch the blues and greens as they bend gracefully into a familiar curl. This isn’t the first wave nor is it the second, but it will have it’s time. Those brave enough to ride it will have spotted it immediately. They will see the waters subtle, seductive smile as she urges them to take the plunge. With hawk eyes, natural athleticism, and an unquenchable hunger for the unknown they will advance. Some will move cautiously; years of experience will have taught them when the time is right. Others will launch immediately, never considering the possible dangers they might face. With every atom of their bodies, held together with sound, they love the sport. It is, at it’s very essence who they are.
A couple of Christmases ago, my cousin Stacey had given me a pretty, decorative wire angel that was supposed to function as an alternative version of a tree. Several glass ornaments with simple, graphic patterns were included with the angel. Some were shaped like small droplets of water, others looked like spinning tops. The subtle patterns of light formed by the overlapping shapes resulted in some intriguing abstract photography. When taken out of their original context, some of the photos, like the one above, suddenly looked like familiar places and objects that many of us have seen or experienced.
Marisa D. Aceves. After The Rain: Refuge In A Parking Lot Tree. Feel free to check out more of my work at acevesart.com
The rain had lifted. Streaks of grey clouds covered the suburban landscape as a flock of birds sat patiently in a large parking lot tree. A soft halo of light crowned the natural specimen in a temporary glory. I lifted my new LG G3 smart phone to the above scene described and gently tapped the camera icon. The phone made a triumphant popping sound as the scene was captured. Some added filters, saturation and mild sharpening later, the desired mood was set; the photo was complete.
It was a friday afternoon and Mom and I had settled on the idea of visiting our favorite Wing Stop restaurant. She decided to stop for money on the way, so we visited our local H.E.B. grocery store. When we pulled into the parking lot, I spotted the tree with its cargo. I knew I had to stay behind while she went to the ATM. This was a chance to use my new phone. I must report that I was impressed with everything the camera on this phone has to offer. It’s a smart buy, light weight, user friendly and has an excellent camera with a variety of filters and effects. For all you on-the-go camera enthusiasts, if you forget your DSLR or subcompact at home, the LG G3 is an excellent alternative.
Marisa D. Aceves. Jellyfish 1. digital photography. acevesart.com
Soft perforated waves of fabric twist and turn as they gracefully emerge from the silent darkness that envelops them. Although this peculiar breed of creature can’t be found in any of the vast bodies of water that populate the planet, it reminds us of the structure of life we might experience if we visited the oceans depths. High-contrast monochromatic treatment of this simple, widely used subject helps to enhance the illusion that we are somehow included in this rare discovery.
Earlier this week, I was busy looking for objects to photograph. I stumbled upon this object hanging out in the my bathroom with the towels, soaps, body washes, and countless styling tools. At first I didn’t want to disturb it, especially since it’s undramatic, vanilla beige didn’t initially attract me. However, I quickly changed my mind as I noticed the objects intriguing texture. Since color was obviously not going to be the star of this photo, I chose to focus on line, shape and form. The decision to portray this object with black and white photography gives it a timeless, elegant feel.
Marisa D. Aceves. Abstracted Nature Florals: Old Rose. digital photography acevesart.com
Deep crimson petals slowly unfurl from the center of the small, delicate, drying flower. Though the initial freshness of youth has gradually left this miracle valentine rose, she still retains the underlying structure that continues to draw us in and take our breath away. All it took was the proper lighting and close attention to detail that only a macro shot could provide.
My aunt Irma’s birthday was a day before Valentine’s Day and my uncle Jesse wanted to take her to a Valentine’s dinner at the military base. We attended the dinner along with my cousins Tanya and Michael, Michael’s wife Krystina, Irma’s sister Yolanda and her husband Cipriano. Before we left their home for the base, each of the women were given a single rose to pin to their blouses. When the event was over, my mother carefully removed her rose and gently placed it in a small medicine bottle filled with water. Occasionally, she would empty and refill the bottle to keep the tender rose from rotting. It lasted a week and a few days after my aunt’s birthday. By the time I had taken this picture, my mother’s rose had significantly dried, yet the majority of it’s petals remained intact. You might say that with her extra care, it aged gracefully. I’d like to think that this photograph represents the aging process of many of the great women we have all been fortunate enough to know throughout the years. While they may physically change as they mature, they still retain the inner beauty that makes them unforgettable.
Marisa D. Aceves. Fire Opal: Nebula 2 – Cosmic Explosion. digital photography
In the distant cosmos of our memories, colors burst, forming thinning starry veils. Space breathes forth it’s overwhelming majesty. Smoke and dust dance about rhythmically. The universe is alive. . . .
Very few of us realize the rich gems that surround us on a daily basis. Was this picture taken from a Nasa satellite? No. It was taken right in my home. Can you guess what this object might be? It is rather ordinary; we use it on a regular basis. Inspiring photos are not always taken on some glamorous or exotic location. All it takes is a little creativity and a willingness to look at the everyday objects from a different point of view. When we learn to see life from a different perspective, even the things we once regarded as common/ordinary hold a certain sense of fascination.
Marisa D. Aceves. Aqua-Marine 5. digital photography http://www. acevesart.com/
If you long to live somewhere near the ocean, or you just want to take a visual and mental vacation from the present cold snap then feel free to join me once again in some meditative abstraction. . .
Blue is a beautiful and calming color that evokes meditation, mindfulness and inner serenity. When I found this series of objects, I just couldn’t resist making references to the countless number of maps that I had seen over the years. While my eyes surf through the supporting colors, my heart says, “Let’s do this again sometime.” So in the spirit of relaxation and tranquility, I am wishing you all an awesomely restful Sunday.