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Colours and Rothko

by Kirstin McKee

in Photography

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A few weeks ago we went to the Tate Modern and as usual I dragged everyone to see the Rothko paintings. I still remember their original room at the now Tate Britain; it was my favourite room in the whole gallery, so quiet, so intense, so perfect with each Rothko being so similar and yet different.

Ella and I had a very long discussion about the colours in one particular picture, discussing how he must have layered each segment of colour carefully and with such thought. We came home and played on our iPad until we had a pretty good understanding of how he used textures and colours to create each block of colour. But I still wanted to have a go at taking a photo to illustrate the same point. What better way to try that than by deliberately making my photos out of focus? Here’s my photographic attempt at a Rothko painting; a picture of the sea at Whitstable, taken with my zoom lens and deliberately made out of focus.

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Sanura September 27, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Rothko’s use of colors and layering of colors is a visual dream to see. His painting do make me stop and gaze at how beautiful serene they are.

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