Author name: Dave Powell

Trained in mathematics, physics, astronomy and Fortran computer programming. Retired mathematician, technical magazine editor, and documentation writer. 1989 winner of the Bruce B. Howat Award, an international business-journalism equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize (though I don't think the Howat is given out anymore). Past author and editorial advisor for Sesame Street (where I even worked with Jim Henson and Kermit)!

Paint splatters in Frank Benson barn/studio

Everyday Abstracts: A Frank Benson “Splatter-work” (One-Shot Story)

In 2018, our friends Peter Engeldrum and Carol Keller invited Kate and me to spend a few days with them on Maine’s North Haven Island. It proved to be a more productive visit than any of us anticipated. First… A “Found” Abstract During a tour of the American Impressionist Frank W. Benson’s island summer home …

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Infrared Courtyard and Ornamental Gate

Everyday Abstracts – From Italy’s Lake Region

Many photographers love abstract photography. And why not? Subjects are everywhere and almost demand capture. In fact, you may well have your own favorite subjects that you can’t not shoot. Like: Wall graffiti/murals Signs/posters Store windows Museum/gallery exhibits Brick/paver patterns Bathroom tiles Architectural details Manhole covers Vehicle details Light fixtures/effects Shadows Landscape elements Super-macros Close …

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View into Morandi exhibit

Making “Morandi’s”

One of my favorite artists is the paradoxical Giorgio Morandi. Born in Bologna, Italy in 1890 he became one of the 20th Century’s hardest artists to classify. He was exposed at different times to every arty “ism” to sweep Europe– including Impressionism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Futurism, Italian Metaphysical-ism, and Minimalism. But he eventually zeroed in …

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