Many abstracts I see on popular web sites like 500px, 1x, etc., don't have that much going for them. They are simply line, contour, shape, and form. Yes, they might feature something eye-grabbing like bilateral symmetry. However, it takes a few nanoseconds for my brain to register that, and then I'm wondering, what else is there?
In February 2015, I’m scheduled to give a presentation on abstract photography to my local camera club, the North County Photographic Society. Since I’m primarily an abstract photographer, I thought this would help me better understand what I spend so much time doing.
On a recent trip to the San Francisco Bay area, we spent a day at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The featured exhibit was Modern Nature — Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George, covering the period of her life from 1918 to the early 1930's when she joined Alfred Stieglitz at his family estate on Lake George in New York state. Not only were the paintings sublime, but there were also some wonderful quotes from O’Keeffe about the nature of abstract art.
I’m always on the lookout for photographers who do abstract work that I find inspirational. A few years ago, one of my images, Red Rocks and Trees, was nominated in the Nature category for the Second Annual Photography Master’s Cup. I was looking through the winners in the Abstract category, and came across C.E. Morse, from Cumberland Center, Maine.
Sometimes when I’m on a plane, I look down at a river and think, “Wow, that looks like my Sand Art.” Indeed, the fractal patterns I find on the beach are nature’s patterns on a micro and macro scale. I have the resources to pursue them on the micro level, and now I’ve found a photographer who captures them, with astounding skill and artistry, on a macro scale.
That’s why it was such a joy to me to discover the work of Jared Christopher Martin. I like photography that is unique; I’m not a fan of images that have been done a thousand times by other people (even though I do those images myself sometimes). Jared Martin satisfies my need for this imagery.