Introducing a new series
I took my wife to San Diego for her birthday over a long weekend in early April. While there I planned to try my hand, for the first time, at some seaside abstracts the likes of which I'd seen from other artists. What I didn't realize was how much fun they were to make!
Something else I didn't realize...
... How easy, but long, the editing process would be.
I literally took a thousand photos at Mission Beach during one sunset. I edited that down to 250 *keepers* and then refined that edit down to 7 final images (3 of which are seen here).
No easy job!
Determining which images to keep in the initial edit wasn't actually all that difficult - albeit very time consuming simply dealing with the sheer amount of photos I generated - I just deleted the ones that didn't make me feel anything. And feeling is the essence of abstract art - abstract photography, of course, is no different.
So as I scrolled through the images at the bottom of my editing program, 1 by 1, I would reject the ones that didn't strum a note in my heart. That's insanely subjective, I know, but it's my art so who else and how else to better decide which ones to toss out?
Besides, Art is the pinnacle of subjectivity.
Abstraction revolves around stimulating emotion using aesthetic characteristics (in this instance color, texture and line - when combined render Mood) rather than a literal depiction of the scene - which photography is particularly known for.
I know that the mood depicted in the image above, Summer Crush, is going to be interpreted differently by different individuals. That's the beauty of perspective.