23 September 2013
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Photography trains the eye, thereby strengthening visual acuity. Photography acts like a laser to bring power to observation, unleashing a dissection of the seen and unseen.
Photography opens the mind to arrange what is real, and rearrange through interpretation. Two lenses meet and over time experimentation and more experimentation can freeze expected and unexpected moments.
Abstract photography is one of the best avenues to open the mind’s idea of what can be re-imagined. Abstract photography is a microscope into unnoticed angles, lines, and patterns that dance through our visual landscape. A sudden discovery of what was hidden is a pivotal experience for the eye’s lens.
Throughout my teenage and early adult years my mother was an accomplished Abstract Expressionist. We summered in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she studied with other painters of the movement. Her teacher Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) was world-renowned, and attracted national and international students. She became immersed in conversation–salon-style, and there always seemed to be people at our cottage.
I still can visualize the flocks of artists, patrons and tourists wanting to see more. There is no doubt about the influence those years had upon my own life.
I was grazed by the talent. I witnessed my mother exhibiting with masters and others who were or became familiar names in art history.
Every day the legacy of my mother’s work speaks volumes to me. Her paintings surround my children and me, reminding us of her incredible journey as an artist.
This week on my morning walk through my university town, I decided to follow the light as it slipped through the windows and into one of the campus’ parking garages. But it was the beams on the floor that caught my attention.
The scene that enticed me is found in the Lens section. Two different views of the scenario that pulled me into its composition: bold colors and subtle shapes floated into view–abstractions indeed.
Tip of the Week: One of the best ways to stretch one’s view of the world is being exposed to how others’ see it. I grew up visiting galleries and museums as well as reading art books, and each has stayed a huge part of my personal story. Henri Matisse (1869-1954), who was a master painter and sculptor, is one of my favorite artists. For years he created series-upon-series of paper cut-outs.
These (mostly) abstractions are thematic with a punchy and beautiful whimsy–whimsy that takes us beyond what is real to the imagined. I am fortunate to have seen his drawings and cut-outs at the Chappelle du Rosaire in Vence, France. His designs created for the chapel are abstract interpretations. They grace one of the most serenely calm interiors, which encourages meditation and worship. Click here to enjoy his extraordinary work. Hopefully, it will inspire your own photographic or other artistic experimentation.
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Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog. Here’s a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Phoneography Challenges:
1st Monday: Nature
2nd Monday: Macro
3rd Monday: Black-and-White
4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).