Gary Slater’s 1975 work, “Right Angle Variations” is a series of stainless steel bars displayed as an array of right angles. Slater sands and burnishes the surface of each bar, creating art within art – an endless swirl of circles and slashes. I move my camera close to the sculpture, framing only the ends of three of the bars, thereby taking them out of the context of the rest of the sculpture. I use a vantage point emphasizing the reflections on these swirls. The spot meter in my camera exposes for only the reflections themselves, honing the image down by turning the trees in the shaded background absolutely black. I compose this shot by tilting the camera to create only three diagonal lines, abstracting the rhythmic thrust of Slater’s already abstract sculpture into just three bars of shimmering steel.