Abstraction is easier than you may think.
Vincent Soyez wasn’t thinking about getting arty when he pulled his rental car into an automated car wash at the end of a vacation last year. Seated behind the steering wheel, as a chain-drive slowly pulled his car through the wash, the French-born, Brooklyn-based music, fashion, and advertising photographer looked up at the windshield and saw a picture.
With its intense colors, the repeated S-curves of the waving n sponges, and the lines and 8 shapes formed by descending g soap bubbles, the scene had all I of the visual energy and tension of a great abstract painting. He grabbed his camera and took this shot before the rinse cycle kicked in.
The trick to serendipitous abstractions, says Soyez, is to:
• Always have your camera with you. Preset its exposure to the prevailing light.
• Be alert. Train yourself to grab a camera whenever something both visual and unusual occurs.
• Know your gear. These opportunities can be short-lived, and if you are fumbling with buttons and dials you will miss out. Soyez had only a minute to get this beauty.