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Cape Cod Abstract Naturals – A 12-Photo (Sort Of) Slideshow

Cape Cod Abstract Naturals
Written by Brian Tarcy

CAPE COD – Every one of these “photos” has, in one way or another, appeared previously in Cape Cod Wave. But these are what we call Cape Cod abstract naturals, meaning we have manipulated them in some way, or many ways.

We came upon the idea of abstract naturals from Cape Cod upon seeing the reflection of part of a sailboat and realizing by mistake (how we do everything) that cropping made the photo into something else entirely.

Cape Cod Abstract Naturals

This is the image, a crop of a sailboat reflection, that inspired this gallery. CAPE COD WAVE PHOTO

When we cropped a specific part, what we saw was more than merely a photo of a sailboat reflection. It was, in fact, entirely different – something like the surrealistic crazy stuff we’ve seen done by the coolest artists.

The ocean did it by itself.

All we did was crop. So we imagined what would happen if we played around.

These are all natural shots with the colors manipulated. Almost all are cropped, and some are flipped. But every single one of these began as a photo from Cape Cod.

This slide show was inspired by a recent abstract show at the Falmouth Arts Center. To see stuff that is actually good, we recommend you visit there.

For more photos from across Cape Cod, please see Scenic Cape

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About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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Brian is a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan with a long-running NFL predictions/political satire column connecting weekly world events to the fate of his favorite team, now at

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