Paolo Nigris Shares His Thoughts on Polar Warping

Thanks, Rick, for the opportunity to do a guest post. It is an honor to be able to contribute here, and be part of your website and share my images with your outstanding work.

The images that I am sharing here are part of a larger project and a just published book,  Polar Warping. Click here for info.

Polar warping images are two levels of abstraction. The images on the left side are plain photographs without manipulations, taken directly from the camera. They represent reality even if, most of the time, they are abstract details extrapolated from a bigger scene. Although the degree of abstraction can affect the perception of reality and the aesthetic judgment, these photographs still represent something existing at the moment of capture. They represent some part of the world in a simplified form. The images on the right side are manipulations of the image on the left.

Manipulation involves warping, cropping, rotation, color adjustments, and polar coordinate changes in Photoshop. Rick wrote about this several years ago. Here is the link to his post.

These additional warpings represent my personal and graphic vision. Each one of them is different and most of them are not recorded, so they are unique and probably not reproducible. 

 I collected the original images during my regular photographic trips. To recharge my inspiration and to get some rest from concentrating  from the main subject I was out to photograph, I turn around and look for not glamorous details.  These photos and the idea of an additional level of abstraction produced this little divertissement.

Amaganset, NY

Edgartown , MA

 Santa Fe, NM

Jantar Mantar, India

Villa Panza, Varese, Italy

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Silvaplana, Switzerland

Paolo Nigris, born in Milano, Italy, is a biomedical software designer. Although he was fascinated by photography for as long as he can remember, the real turning point happened when, in 1978, he met Ansel Adams and had the privilege of working with him. At that time he held his first personal exhibition at Stanford University. While pursuing his main career as a software designer, he continues to remain involved in fine art photography. His works have appeared in many publications. His most recent exhibitions include: “Bologna and Siena” at the Palmer Gallery of Vassar College, “Seascapes” at the Tenafly Gallery, NJ, and at the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, NY. 

Visit with Paolo on his website.