Photography Samples
35mm photographs by Sharon Hudson

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Colorful abstract photographs.
        Asian Temples           

When traveling, I seek out opportunities for abstract photography emphasizing color, texture, and decorative sensuality. Temples in East Asia provide endless opportunities for colorful abstract photography. The most decorative and colorful photographs come primarily from Shinto temples in Japan, Buddhist temples in Korea and Thailand, and Hindu inconography in Malaysia, Singapore, and Bali.
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Colourful abstract photographs.
       Asian Textures           

In addition to temples, colorful photographs are also to be found in architectural details and patterns from everyday life.
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Colorful abstract photographs.
              Mexico                

Mexico is well known for its colorful architecture and folk art. Opportunities for sumptuous abstract photography are found on almost every street and every market, cemetery, and archeological site.
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Colourful photographs of textiles.
             Textiles                

Embroidered, woven, painted, and dyed textiles from Mexico, Guatemala, and Asia also provide decorative colorful photographs.
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Colorful abstract photographs from Mexico.
   Doors and Windows      

Often the most decorative and colorful parts of buildings, doors and windows are among my favorite sources for colorful abstract photography.  These doors and windows are mostly from Mexico and Guatemala.
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Colorful photographs from cities.
      Urban Textures          

In both urban and rural areas, as well as while traveling, I look for the sensual colors and interesting textures or patterns, as well as the occasional optical dimensional puzzle, and then make the abstractions.
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Colorful urban abstract photographs.
      Urban Abstracts        

In American cities, one has to search pretty hard for arresting colors and clean compositions to create colorful abstract photographs, but they do exist.
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Abstract photographs with shadows.
            Shadows                 

The overlapping patterns and spatial ambiguity created by shadows are one of my favorite subjects.  Shadows are playful and dynamic two-dimensional actors that distort the shapes of the objects that create them, and reveal the shapes of the objects they fall on.
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Abstract reflections photographs.
          Reflections              

Much like shadows, reflections mediate between two objects, one that reflects and one that is reflected. By changing viewpoint, the viewer changes this relationship.  These photographs include intimate sights like window displays, reflected street scenes, moody mannequins, humor, and enigmatic reflections on shiny surfaces, as well as the monumental reflections found in "glass and steel" buildings.
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Mannequin photographs.
            Mannequins           

It's not much of a jump from window reflections to window display mannequins--especially for a long-time figure painter like me! These unique photographs include mannequins with reflections and mannequins in double exposures. Since these photographs are usually taken through glass, they contain irregularities, and color distortions that create a dreamy quality.
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Colorful surreal photographs.
       Mixed Emulsions       

I continue with my artistic interest in multiple realities and overlaid dimensions with multiple exposures and sandwiched images. These photographs are not digital composites.  They are all taken with color slide film. Because each roll of film had to be run through the camera twice, with the second exposure added either at random or based on notes from the first exposure, unexpected serendipitous image combinations result.
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Colorful graffiti photographs.
            Urban Art             

Lots of people are creating graffiti and other forms of intentional and unintentional "art" in the urban environment. As an artist, I am attracted to these expressions because they are often the most colorful elements in the urban landscape, as well as the most dynamic. Selective extraction with the camera yields many colorful abstract photographs.
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Textural photographs.
         Paint Appeal            

Peeling paint and aging paper are an endless source of interesting textures and tell their own stories with their enigmatic overlays and delightful details.  This is another play on dimension, because four-dimensional reality, which includes time, is captured first in three-dimensional reality and then in the two-dimensional photograph.
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Texture photographs.
     Weathered Wood        

Rural landscapes provide a wealth of opportunities to create abstract photography from richly textured woods structures, both painted and natural.
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Abstract photographs from salvage.
          Salvage Art             

Few locations beat junkyards and salvage yards when it comes to finding the textures of age and interesting juxtapositions of objects.  Finding the color is a little harder.
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Colorful carousel photographs.
            Carousels               

Attracted as I am to color and decorative detailing, I cannot resist the carousel as a source for dynamic and colorful photographs. I have photographs from four different carousels, including many extraordinary animals from the California State Fair carousel.
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Colourful abstract photographs.
 Mineral Micrographs     

These unusual colorful photographs are through-the-microscope images of thinly sliced rock specimens under polarized light, from which geologists determine the minerals and structures of the rock. For a while I had a job creating these specimens, and I took the opportunity to create a number of brilliantly colorful abstract photographs from them.
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