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Under Water Abstractions

Under Water Abstractions
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Copyright: Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4943 W: 320 N: 8497] (33444)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-08-26
Categories: Humorous, Artwork, Event
Camera: Sony ILCE6300, sony 18-200mm - sel18200
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-02-13 1:58
Viewed: 707
Points: 46
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Under Water Abstractions

Under Water & Swimming Pool - Abstractions.

I like art that can be used to create new artworks. One artwork with splendid possibilities to create new abstractions is the Swimming Pool of Leandro Erlich in Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar near The Hague.
I used pictures of the Swimming Pool from an earlier visit to the museum in previous posts twice.
2017-03-09 - Swimming Pool
2017-03-16 - Under Water

Even without a swimming suit you can experience here a dive under water without becoming wet.
A real splendid possibility that inspired me without special waterproof camera to create three more or less abstract triptychs. The main picture as well as the two workshops are compilations of three different pictures. I took all pictures from the same position at the edge of the swimming pool.

■ Main picture: ◙ Hat and Heads
■ Workshop 1: ◙ Look into the Camera
■ Workshop 2: ◙ The Body Guards

Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich is known for installations that seem to defy the basic laws of physics and befuddle the viewer, who is introduced into jarring environments that momentarily threaten a sense of balance or space.
One of his most well-known and critically acclaimed pieces is “Swimming Pool”. Erlich has constructed a full-size pool, complete with all its trappings, including a deck and a ladder. When seen from the deck, the pool appears to be filled with deep, shimmering water. In fact, a layer of water only some 10 centimeters deep is suspended over transparent glass. Below the glass is an empty space with aquamarine walls that viewers can enter. The work sets up an unfolding sequence of experiences—we view the pool through the glass wall enclosing the courtyard; from the deck, looking down into the pool; and from the interior of the pool, looking up. The Swimming Pool might hence be considered a place where, slowly, with time, different perspectives and perceptions of self and others all come to intersect. (website MOMA)

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Bonjour, cher Rob,
J'aime vos recherches et votre façon de photographier.
“L’art est toujours plus abstrait que nous ne l’imaginons. La forme et la couleur nous parlent de forme et de couleur, et tout s’arrête là.”
Bravo pour ces recherches.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14518 W: 0 N: 16410] (176325)
  • [2018-02-13 2:14]


triple image de reflet quelle vue et cocmpo quelle image superbe ces couleurs ces déformations quelle image et captage superbe vue.
Bravo et amitié

Hello Rob,

You have included very interesting notes with your photographs which were a great memory jogger about Leandro Erlich.

You have obviously spent a fair amount of time to gather and compose this selection of triptychs, revealing the artist within yourself. Thank you, I have really enjoyed perusing these photographs which reveal the animate becoming inanimate abstract patterns.
Quite mind blowing!

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

Hello Rob,
These totally abstract patterns put me in mind of Mandelbrot fractals. I like the strange contortions and the vivid colour contrasts. Excellent idea for a set of photographs.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10365 W: 161 N: 17205] (131115)
  • [2018-02-13 3:38]

Witaj Rob!
Nice collage "3 in 1"
Good frames and colors.
View make impression.
Well done.
Nice day.

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2550 W: 34 N: 4762] (26318)
  • [2018-02-13 4:26]

Dag Rob

Topfotowerk van een heerlijk kunstwerk. De vervormingen zijn super, net als de zachtheid van de kleuren. Hier klinkt een luid applaus!


Hello Rob,
Three fantastic photos where the collage of the main upload goes from almost straight to totally distorted. The workshop photos are splendidly crazy, or should I say surrealistic, especially the "Body Guards". I could easily have attributed that one to a famous painter, I just can't figure out who. You obviously had great fun collecting these photos.
Strangely enough nobody seems to have noticed that the link to the larger version of the main picture actually goes to your entire Wassenaar collection.
Kind regards,

Hi Rob,

The stitch of the three photos is showing the details of the artwork through the water of the swimming pool. It is also showing how the water is creating deformation. Well done, have a nice day.


Bonjour Rob,

Un très beau triptyque qui avec un tout petit peu de travail au niveau des couleurs aurait été extraordinaire. Mais tel quel c'est déjà superbe.



Hello Rob, I remember your pictures from last year, so now I can begin to understand this installation.
Quite abstract, and yet we can perceive that the shapes are actually people.
Great presentation with three different scenes.
Thanks, regards Jean.

Ciao Rob, lovely collage of fascinating reflections, beautiful deformation and fantastic colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25087 W: 520 N: 42358] (181452)
  • [2018-02-13 7:44]

Dag Rob,

Drie foto die allemaal als een abstract schilderij kunnen gebruikt worden.
Het is well heel bijzonder voor dit project.
Maar echt goed gekozen plaat, de kleur en de samenstelling maken uw foto's aantrekkelijk.
Goed foto werk, bedankt.

Groeten uit Vlaanderen,

Dobar dan.
Interesantan i lep pogled, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici, lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepa igra boja na povrsini vode, lepi refleksi.
Zelim vam lep dan, sve najbolje.

Good day.
Interesting and beautiful view, good text ...
Good work with nice photos in the workshop, beautifully shown, good contrast, nice colors.
Beautiful color game on the surface of the water, nice reflexes.
I wish you a nice day, all the best.

Hi Rob,
This is just wonderful. With the earlier uploads and extra workshops I get a pretty good idea of what's going on here. The artist had a great vision, and here made it real in big scale. And you took advantage of it and took all these surreal water abstractions. Is there a mechanism that keeps water moving?

Hell dear Rob and have a nice time
and a happy new dayoriginal version
let your imagination free
dear friend

Hello Rob, excellent photograph of this beautiful triptych of beautiful abtract images, very well composed in this beautiful image, with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Great and interesting work perfectly done, my congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

Good night and happy week.
Best wishes from the south of Spain.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9757 W: 57 N: 16694] (61732)
  • [2018-02-13 12:29]

Hallo Rob,
Het indoorbad van het museum is sowieso al leuk, maar met de vertekende waterkunstwerken van andere bezoekers wordt het wel heel bijzonder. Mooi warme kleuren mixen goed met de vele blauwe tinten. Je kunt eindeloos variëren ermee.

Hi Rob
Fabulous abstract, wonderful reflections and water movement with the bright colours, deep blue water and clear light. Well spotted and captured, Congrats
Best regards

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1887 W: 417 N: 6871] (27676)
  • [2018-02-13 23:14]

Hello Rob,

What a perfect presentation for TE! Not only have you shown us three delightful photographs but have also given a an excellent account of Erlich's "Swimming Pool" as well as providing links to other posts you have made from here.

This is quite a remarkable artwork and you have captured three wonderful abstract images, each with glorious colours, shapes and composition and also superb technical quality.


Kind Regards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12324 W: 126 N: 22230] (113175)
  • [2018-02-14 1:10]

Hi Rob,one of the most lovely and original surprises by your museum visits. What a idea from this argentinian artist,and the works too are amazing,interesting post with the collage of close up and 2 useful large view in the WS,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello, Rob!

At first I didn't understand what it was, but after reading your note I got it, and the result is very interesting, it looks like an abstract painting! The workshops also look very nice! Beautiful and original job! Well done!

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14886 W: 1055 N: 30603] (143247)
  • [2018-02-18 16:51]

Hello Rob,

A nice triptych of watery images that give an abstract look with the rippled distortion. Vibrant colour and good sharpness, and good saturation and notes. Tfs!

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10495 W: 174 N: 18817] (83639)
  • [2018-03-05 6:04]


amazing results. I liked the all WS but I guess the most interesting picture is the WS 1.nice use of the artwork and its distortions.

take care


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