Abstracts – Talk Story
The challenge with photography in general, and abstract photography specifically is seeing in a creative sense. Given my attraction to the relationships of color, light, texture, shape, patterns and contrast, abstract images are becoming my favorite subject matter, especially those discovered in the natural world.
The other thing I like about abstract images, I can shrug off the need to describe the work, leaving the viewer to appreciate the departure from reality and determine meaning. This approach can get one into trouble though. Georgia O’Keeffe’s abstract work, for example, left critics “focused on the sexual analogue to female anatomy in her flower paintings.” Really, what was she thinking?
“I take pleasure in noting every little dancing whirlwind of a summer day that catch up the dust or the leaves before me, and every little funnel-shaped whirlpool in the swollen stream or river, whether or not the spin from right to left or the reverse.” – John Burroughs, The Art of Seeing Things