Here’s an image from my most recent venture into the park. I’ve never really tried this kind of technique with photography too much, but I kind of enjoyed the results. Some of them, anyway. It was interesting to me to edit this series of photos – abstract images emote so differently, and I’ve not a lot of practice in that field, so I felt I wasn’t really sure what I was supposed to be looking for. The technical aspect of photos is so dominant in more orthodox imagery, so editing become somewhat rote; check sharpness, exposure, etc. But abstract imagery requires a different process, and I find it hard to edit my own work in that realm. I find, on the other hand, I find the abstract work of other photographers very easy to respond to. Mark Graf, for example, is someone whose work always grabs me and holds my attention. Look at these 2 images; I could stare at both of them for a LONG time. I think the beauty of the images becomes more vibrant, more immediate, when the imagery is a little less organized, the arrangement flows from itself, and not from a structured, cognitive process. Similarly, the art, in my opinion, often attains a greater level of longevity, because our cognition isn’t able to reduce it to a pigeon hole, or label. Tony Kuyper is another photographer who makes abstract images simply come alive. This photo blows me away – he’s awesome. I should really link to every one of his images, he’s that awesome. A friend of mine said it best ‘That Tony’s a BAD man!’.
So I’ll try to explore abstract imagery a little more .. though it’ll be a slow process, I’m sure. My thought process is pretty abstract, so one might think it would be easy for me – but I’m the WORST when it comes to editing my photos and deciding what works best and what does not.
For now, I think I’m gunna go to bed.