Adam Kor, 1001

This is a photograph in portrait orientation depicting a rather bleak and bland landscape in Ireland. The dimension of the image is 34” horizontal by 45.333” vertical. The composition is primarily divided in half vertically. Starting with the upper half (34” horizontal by 24” vertical), which consists of 4 quadrants. The primary subject is the sky, rather bleak and greyish in tone. Clouds are almost indistinguishable from the sky, except for the upper left quadrant which is slightly more blue than the rest of the sky. The HEX color code of the bluest area of the upper left quadrant is bbc5cf. The upper left corner is the bluest, and if you look from top to down it fades gradually from baby blue (cbd6d8) to the greyish sky (dbdbdb) in the lower left quadrant. From left to right splotches of faint clouds merges and expands slowly into a bigger cloud on the upper right quadrant. The cloud depicted on the upper right quadrant has more dimensionality and shades of grey, with the front being slightly darker (d2d3d8) than around the edges of the cloud (dbdbdb) which borders the upper left quadrant and merges into the lower right quadrant. The lower two quadrants of the upper half of the composition is almost monotonous throughout, with a greyish white (dbdbdb). Close to the bottom of the lower left quadrant you can find three faint slits of thin clouds with slightly darker color (bbc5cf) on the left. One single long slit of cloud (d1d5d8 in color) can be found on the right, it is around 14” long from the rightmost edge of the image on the lower right quadrant. These thin slits of cloud directly border the lower half of the composition of the image and are generally slightly amorphous and irregular as they extent horizontally across the image.

The lower half of the composition (34” x 21.333”) which consists of a barren grassland can be divided equally into 6 horizontal strips from top to bottom. The 6 strips have descending clarity in brushstrokes and focus. While you can still discern individual objects on the 1st strip, you can hardly do so for the last one as the grass is depicted in rapid and coarse horizontal strokes of color.

The 1st strip sees a clear break from the sky above and contains outlines of faint grass, trees, bushes and grass if you pan from left to right. The trees and bushes, which are around 12” in length, extends into the upper half of the composition. The trees are withering and leafless, the outlines of the branches are slightly vague and unclear and directly right of the three faint slits of thin clouds depicted above. The color of the trees is 86807c in HEX code. The trees are overlapping, therefore denser on the right and quite thin on the left as you can see individual branches growing from the tree trunks. The trees account for an area with a dimension of 2” x 2”. It is 8” away from the border of the image on the left. The tree trunks are quite apparent and placed quite closed to each other within the 2” square area. Directly next to the trees are bushes of around 2” vertical x 10” horizontal in size. The color of the bushes is quite flat (HEX 7a6f6a) and dense and darkens towards the bottom (HEX 584d49). The bush is tallest on the left and tapers as it moves towards the right. The shape of the bush resembles an elongated water droplet rotated 90 degrees lying on its side. The remaining of the 1st strip is the flat outline of grasses in greyish green (968e78) with occasional indications of small and short bushes towards the edge of the image.

The 2nd strip directly below the 1st is a little more vague as you can begin to see the horizontality of brushstrokes across. There’s a gradual color change from 5c534a to 92826d. The leftmost part is kind of smudgy (around 4” long) and gradually clarifies into distinct patterns and splotches of darker grass, scattering across the lower part of the strip. These splotches congregates around the middle and again on the right with even higher density. To recreate this effect on Photoshop, try a brush tool with moderate stiffness and opacity and paint it across horizontally every stroke. Strokes don’t have to be entirely straight, they can wiggle slightly and softly.

The 3rd strip has a starker contrast in color in comparison with the previous strips. It starts on the left with a dark muddy brownish green (44352c) and softens into a lighter shade (604f3d) in the middle and darkens again (45372e) on the right. The strokes are a lot more rapid and obscure. You can clearly feel the motion and speed of how the colors are moving across the composition.

The 4th strip is dark brown overall (2a1f19) except for the middle patch which lightens slightly (34281d) and the two brownish orange streak of colors (724d29 and 482e1d) on the right. The brighter streak is on top and it is shorter in length, only 10” long. The streak below is 1” lower than the first and is overall dimmer and less opaque. It is 16” long. The widths of the two streaks of color are around 1.5”. They are darkest towards the right on the edge of the image and trails off gradually as you approach the middle. The strokes of the two orange streaks are not smooth but slightly jagged and intermittent.

The 5th strip is similar to the 4th but without the two brownish orange streaks of color. While the middle is still lighter, the right part is dark (1c1711) with clear horizontal strokes of shades of the same color.

The final bottom strip has a patch of light greenish brown on the left (413320) which is around 11” long. The lighter shade then merges into the dark brown (14100d) on the right, which is the darkest area of the photo.


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