Abstractions

River Walk, Chicago (black and white photograph)
River Walk, Chicago (black and white photograph by Paul Politis), 2019

River Walk, Chicago (black and white photograph)

Here are some quotes from the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian accompanied by a few of my black and white photos. I’m aware that it is contradictory to his work to accompany his words with black and white photos, not to mention photos that are not pure abstraction, and yet I’ve done it anyway.

Vertical and horizontal lines are the expression of two opposing forces; they exist everywhere and dominate everything; their reciprocal action constitutes ‘life’. I recognized that the equilibrium of any particular aspect of nature rests on the equivalence of its opposites.
– Piet Mondrian

The emotion of beauty is always obscured by the appearance of the object. Therefore, the object must be eliminated from the picture.
– Piet Mondrian

Courtyard Revisited (black and white photograph)

Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and color and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture.
– Piet Mondrian

It is possible that, through horizontal and vertical lines constructed with awareness, but not with calculation, led by high intuition, and brought to harmony and rhythm, these basic forms of beauty, supplemented if necessary by other direct lines or curves, can become a work of art, as strong as it is true.
– Piet Mondrian

Untitled (black and white photograph)

Hotel Curtains (black and white photograph)

Public Pool Railing and Stairs (black and white photograph)

Overpass Repairs (black and white photograph)

Construction Site Boarded Wall (black and white photograph)