by Robert Bethune
The Tartan Ten is a small cruising yacht also used for one-design racing. There is a fairly large group of them on Lake St. Clair, and they love to come out for the National Offshore One-Design races, where they can compete against each other while sailing with a lakefull of other boats large and small.
This image strips the shapes of the boats and the textures of the water down until nothing is left but a few colored lines, just enough to seduce the eye into seeing the boats that appeared in the original photograph. The yachts, the crew and the sails are nothing but a few strokes of color, yet we can see them, mostly in our minds eye, as they try to coax all the speed they can of of their craft.
The detail, taken from the bow of the boat in the rear of the scene, shows just how abstract the treatment really is when closely examined. The image really is just a few swirls of color, hardly enough to make an image, yet capable of evoking the subject with the help of our eyes, our minds, and our habits of seeing.
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