For those collectors and viewers who appreciate the mechanics behind the abstraction:
These are abstract images of an original turbine of the Bonneville Dam, which spans two man-made islands on each bank of the Columbia River about 45 minutes outside Portland, Oregon. The dam is located in both Oregon and Washington (the river makes up the border between the two states). This original (WPA-era) turbine can be found displayed outside the Visitor's Center on the Oregon side, right off of Interstate 84.
The images in this series were captured in three different shoots and seasons and with two different lenses. The circular orb shapes in some of these shots are bokeh, a light effect that occurs at certain apertures on certain lenses and in specific light and weather conditions. In this case, I was shooting (usually) straight up or ahead into the turbine blades when rain started to fall late morning at the very tail end of June (that's something that happens fairly often in the Pacific Northwest, of course) and I just kept shooting up into the rain. Given the technical settings and the angle and direction of the sun (more or less overhead), the raindrops falling and dripping from the edges of the turbine blades registered as clusters of orbs.
Of course, when I mention this to some, they say, "well, I think there is a little more going on than that." But technically, in these shots--that's what's going on. I just happened to keep shooting when the rain started. In a few images, you can actually find tiny droplets of rain falling in mid-air, or streaking past the steel turbine blades in fine little lines. I like that.
The photo above, courtesy of the Bonneville Dam Authority, is an historic 1930s image of the original turbine and the team that built it. (The original turbines have more recently been replaced by the more contemporary revision that can also be found on many major hydroelectric and water retention dams if you visit them, which I do.)
You will find images of the actual turbine in situ in parts two and three of this series, Connect The Dots and Sister Turbine.
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