Mystery image

by Eszter Hargittai on September 16, 2007

I’ve long enjoyed cropping images into abstract sections. I like discovering sections of things I don’t necessarily notice otherwise. It’s related to the project Chris and I are undertaking this year, taking a photo every day. That also helps discover things in one’s surroundings that otherwise may go unnoticed.

Since it’s a slow Sunday and I just happened upon a crop in my photostream that I like, I thought I’d post it here:

Guess the image

Any ideas?

Done guessing? Here’s the original image if you’re curious.



Cryptic Ned 09.16.07 at 10:59 pm

This was the principle that Franz Kline used for many (most?) of his paintings. He took photographs, projected them to become very large, and painted large representations of small areas of the photos that he thought represented the entire photo in a non-literal way.


Henry (not the famous one) 09.16.07 at 11:10 pm

To see a world in a grain of sand. Or, in this case, a universe in a collection of bubbles.

(Not that I’m advocating bubble universes or multiverses, or claiming that they have found their way into a toilet in Evanston.)


Eszter 09.17.07 at 1:01 am

Henry, I don’t think it’s that hard to guess that it’s bubbles, but bubbles where is less obvious. One person on Flickr thought it was beer, which I thought was interesting.


Chris Bertram 09.17.07 at 6:48 am

Trouble is, Eszter, that since you got me involved in this I spend so much time engaged in or thinking about photography that I hardly write for Crooked Timber any more!


The Next to Last Pope 09.17.07 at 12:54 pm

Obviously a manifestation of the Virgin Mary.


Tyler Cowen 09.17.07 at 2:52 pm

Yves Klein?


Henry (not the famous one) 09.17.07 at 6:05 pm

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