This image, a manipulated photograph by Western Massachusetts-based artist Stephanie Blumenthal, offers a glimpse at a simple cream-colored building against an azure sky. A palette that also includes shadowy charcoal and black tones, combined with crisply defined geometric shapes, creates a bold, clean composition. The artist achieved this effect by sampling colors from the original photograph in Photoshop and tracing opaque shapes over the various environmental planes. The final image lies somewhere between the representational and the abstract.
If you dissect man made architectural structures, you realize that they are primarily made up of geometric shapes. De-emphasizing details doesn't only change the photograph into an abstracted image; it highlights the interaction between the different planes.
The overlaid colors give the photograph a painterly quality, yet I held back on the opacity to create tension between the photographic and the abstract, making the end product reside somewhere between the two.