Abstracts, Part 3

By extracting a segment of what we see, we can turn the mundane into the abstract, engaging a viewer to take a closer look. Rendering something aesthetically pleasing, interesting, even enigmatic, out of the ordinary, is a kind of alchemy to me.

It opens up a world of possibilities for the photographer. Sometimes it can be a 2D image like two windows on a blue wall in a photo I took in Argentina. In some instances, I find the dimensionality created by shadow and light make for an intriguing image, such as the church interior with the chandelier in shadow. Or the counterpoint of elements like the two women’s headscarves against the umbrellas in Istanbul, Turkey.

What this boils down to is the intuitive and deliberate aspects of making a photograph. Intuition is the first part, and, I believe, mostly unteachable.  It is the artist’s instincts.  The second part involves the deliberate, intentional thought process that complements the intuitive. This part is teachable, a kind of mental discipline that eventually becomes second nature and, is the difference, I believe, between snapshots and photographs.