Definition of Abstract Art from the Oxford Dictionary: art that does not attempt to represent external, recognizable reality but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.
I have been working on a photography project the past few months, which involves shooting images from the lanai (porch) of my rental in Holualoa, Hawaii. The results so far have produced quite a few spectacular images, some however have been a surprise. Reality seems to have slipped away and what I capture is an impression, something non-representational, abstract. As often happens on creative projects, unexpected offshoots and various other trails emerge in the process.
At first it was the colors that would resonate within me, cool soothing greys, warm apricot gold and sometimes wild vivid reds but after a time I noticed a similarity of line in many of the pictures. Some pictures reminded me of the Modern art of Barnett Newman whose style is characterized by areas of color separated by thin vertical lines or “zips” as he referred to them. An artist like Newman can define the spatial structure of his art with paint and brush, as a photographer I can define the framing but it is nature that provides the line, form and color. Nature is after all the preeminent artist with the incomparable palette, I am just the messenger.
What follows is a sample of the transcendental offshoot of my current project.
Ough; oyOiyh [ioy]
All photos are untouched or manipulated in any way. The “Sundown” project is ongoing as more images are being collected from my lanai at Holualoa. These images are a starting point, a jumping off place, a source of ideas. I’d like to see a few of these done as large paintings on canvas (if I could paint). They may also lead to a short story or two, science fiction of course…..or maybe a song? is it a poem? or just some old faded memory.
For the beauty of the Earth.