Most people hold repistational art in much higher esteem than abstract art.  If you can draw something that looks exactly like the object itself than you are a very talented artist but if you instead represent that object in some weird, abstract way then people just think the reason you are doing that is because you cannot draw.

I think the main reason for this is because most people have attempted representational art and failed, but they have never attempted abstract art.  Why?

Well because with representational art at least you know where to start; no such thing exists with abstract art.  This is why I have always felt abstract art was much more difficult.

This project has given me a newfound appreciation for abstract art.  The good thing about abstract photography is at least you know where to start; multiple exposures.  The question then is where do you go from there?  I had to invent an entire new technique for the previous abstract photos you saw.  Coming up with that was rather difficult.  But the real problem was these photos.  What the heck do you do after the new technique?

Abstract photography has an actual limit; it cannot be pure abstraction.  It still has to have some tangential relationship with the object you are representing, you started with.  So really there are only a small finite number of things you can do in abstract photography.  Compounding this issue is the fact it still needs to adhere in some ways to traditional aesthetics and rules of photography.

So it has been a really interesting journey figuring all of this out.  I am amazed every time at the result.  I think what amazes me the most is that somehow out of the chaos and randomness a coherent story emerges.  It really makes you think if there really is randomness in the universe?


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