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“The Water’s Edge”

“You can’t look at abstract art without thinking. Realism is just the repetition of what we already know and does not require much thought”                            Patricia Cole-Ferullo





“You can’t look at abstract art without thinking. Realism is just the repetition of what we already know and does not require much thought”  –  Patricia Cole-Ferullo


“Do not copy nature too much. All art is an abstraction”  – Paul Gauguin




Some impressions … well … from Lake Superor’s shores … but it doesn’t matter … 
Some may ask: “What is that?” … at least to some of the images. Hover over them and you’ll find an explanation (works in blog only) … but it really doesn’t matter.
The object is meaningless … the name, the label. The light is everything … the shape, the texture …

Van Gogh did not paint sunflowers because he was especially interested in botany or bird seeds …
Vermeer wasn’t interested who the girl was, but how the light falls on her face.

It does not matter how abstract / non-representational you get – it’s a unique quality of photography … abstractness and realness at the same time.

Getting bored with the postcardy grand vistas and worn out sunsets? Try the little things amongst your feet and frame them so that people will ask … “what is it?”

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              “Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.”        – Pablo Picasso


Blog-Horizons-MayJune-2013-06     Blog-Horizons-MayJune-2013-07Strong abstract design is created with rhythms and harmonies in shapes, lines, edges, and colors and is analogous to the rhythms in music and the harmonies between individual notes. This aspect of the painting is completely independent of the subject matter.   – Barry John Raybould   [as is music – completely independent from ideological messages or lyrics]


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Blog-Horizons-MayJune-2013-03Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for color, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.   –   Wassily Kandinsky

Blog-Horizons-MayJune-2013-05The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.     – Lucian Freud


Here is another set of my “Horizons” series.
The concept is the same as previously – barely any detail, simplicity, lots of negative space – basically water and sky, divided by the horizon.
There are lots of examples in abstract, or better non-representational painting that one could draw from, e.g. the division of the canvas by two (or more) colours, or by a line. What differentiates abstract photography from abstract painting is that everything in photography started with something real – something that actually existed, while the painter can start (but not necessarily) from pure imagination.
Photographic techniques (applied in some cases) – to enhance abstraction and to move further away from reality – are: multi-exposures, long exposures and camera panning on a leveled tripod. 

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“The Tool”

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow”    –      Imogen Cunningham


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“One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photos out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photos out of focus are a style” – Author Unknown



Yes – a tool is just what it is … a tool … nothing more … and it’s purpose is to enable you to realise your vision and interpretation. A camera does not make great images as much as a typewriter does not produce a great novel. The result, the image is what counts – the subject or theme and of course your interpretation. It’s not “Taking a Picture” … it’s “Making a Photo-Graph”.

As Ansel Adams rightfully said:
“The single most important component of a camera is the 12 inches behind it”.

But … there are a few interesting tricks of the tool worth mentioning: in this case Long Exposures and Multi Exposures. These tricks, or better ‘settings’, can add personal expression to something otherwise a bit too ‘real’ and too documentary.

Let’s not forget the original, artisitic mandate of photography.
Let’s leave documentation to journalists, forensic science and bird watchers.

Here are some samples of horizons with these settings applied.

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