I’m very happy to be writing the guest post for Paula’s Photo Challenge this week. The subject I’ve chosen is abstract photography.
The contemporary world is filled with visual stimulation that demands we pay attention and engage with it in some way. Sometimes it can be relief to take time out and let go of the urge to make sense of what is seen – to focus instead on the act of seeing rather than the intellectual processes of naming and analysing what is being seen.
Taking photographs in such a reflective and abstracted state can produce images that become suggestions of environments and moods rather than concrete descriptions of the visual worlds. The viewer is then free to create their own interpretation and the image can become a metaphor.
In the photos of salt lakes that I took last week I experimented with the idea of photographic images as metaphors for openness and timelessness.
Photos of the play of light on water and of distorted reflections can become abstracted images that are ambiguous and fluid.
Abstract photography is not restricted to images of the natural environment. Street lights, fireworks and the world seen through rain splattered windows are time honoured subjects but really the limits are those of your own imagination. It’s all about experimenting and having fun.