Cryptomorphosis – a Vine Abstract Study

Storied vines

As my regular readers are aware, I’m fond of using a bit of in-camera manipulation to create abstract images, when I spot a scene that might have something hidden in it.  This series of images, that I have created over the years, is collectively titled: Kryptomorphaics.

This title comes from the concept of uncovering hidden imagery through transformation.


This set of four images comes from a study of variegated vines that grow in the garden at my mother’s house in the Netherlands.  I uncovered different hidden images within these vines by applying minor changes to the technique that I used to capture them.

Hope you enjoy them!

Technical Details

These images were all captured using my Canon 5D Mk II with an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Additional detail on the process is described in series of posts starting with TTT – Abstract Photography – Ep. 1

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

2 thoughts on “Cryptomorphosis – a Vine Abstract Study”

  1. I showed this to Drollery this morning in the hope of sparking some interest in photography because we’re going on a cruise around the UK in September 2017. THEN I showed him your post about Scotland! I heard him mutter under his breath, “Hm… I wonder how much it costs to live there…” 😮 LOL

    1. LMAO!!! My wife and I have wondered the same thing, as I’m thinking it would be a nice place to retire, but she thinks it’s too cold and windy 🙂

      I could see eking out an existence through landscape photography in Scotland 🙂

      Sounds like a great cruise!!

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