Stuff and Such
While I appreciate much visual art, I admit that I was always challenged by what has been termed “abstract” art. Much of it left me cold, unmoved and, often, puzzled. But on the other hand, there were some works termed abstract that sang to me. I never really understood the reasons for this (perhaps I was trying to be too analytical).
But as I began to explore photography, I realized that there were many ways to look at a subject to bring out its spirit. Simply by changing a point of view, or getting up closer, or adjusting the light or focus, new dimensions of the subject could be found. Wikipedia defines abstract art as using a “visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.”
Fascinating! Nature contains innumerable patterns and textures that cry out to be noticed for their own sake, not just because of what they’re attached to. Here’s a few halting steps in that direction. More to come.