Statement About Abstract Photographs

For this series of abstract photographs, I was inspired by the way sunlight illuminated some leaves and debris that I noticed while hiking in the Rocky Mountains. I picked up those objects and brought them into my studio to try and recreate that luminescent beauty. After many experiments in the studio, I had an epiphany that catapulted these images into reality. I discovered that by carefully manipulating the objects in front of my camera, I could work with the objects as if I were painting a canvas. This allowed me to explore the formal elements of shape, line, value, color, and texture in ways that obscured an object's intended purpose and identity, and imposed an abstract reality upon the viewer. 

 

Since that first encounter on the trail, I have collected similar objects from all over, discarded or ignored, natural or man-made, to transform them into something different in my studio. I am intrigued by the way that some objects, insignificant or unattractive in one setting, can be reborn as new objects of beauty when viewed in a different context.

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