This was just for fun. Captured in camera in San Francisco, the lines remind me of light or sound waves. The twang of a guitar, the beat of a drum…
This is the first of a new series of images I am working on entitled ‘Cubed’. The work visualizes sets of cubes stacked up, falling or being toppled. I love the colours and the 3D feel to the work. Most of our prints are based on a very modern substrate – acrylic. The sandwich of a high quality photographic print between a Dibond backing and an acrylic face mount creates a visually arresting piece of wall art that floats off the wall with what appears to be a ‘live edge’. Some image series (all created in camera) are done with this print medium in mind as we know how well certain types of abstract photography work with it. The 3D effects in this series of images will be amplified by the acrylic medium and we are excited to see how they turn out for future customers. We will be featuring and selling this series as large format limited edition acrylic prints in our Gallery soon!
‘Bokeh’ refers to out of focus lights and shapes within an image – it is a simple technique that can produce stunning results and everyone can have creative fun with this. My tip is use a fast shutter lens, preferably a prime lens (fixed focal length), set to a larger aperture (f1.4 / 1.8 rather than f9, f11 etc) and then set the camera on manual to find the best effects. Often times you will need to test and review your images when creating images with bokeh as the result can be unpredictable through the viewfinder. Oh and the best time to take pictures with bokeh is obviously at night!
I have always tried to use still cameras for alternative purposes to traditional documentation of subject matter. The ability of the photographic medium to create images that cannot be seen with the naked eye is second to none. Through the use of light, speed and mechanical manipulation both in and around the camera results in images that offer themselves up to individual interpretation. They are abstract in the purest sense and can rarely be recreated. For many years my artistic work with photography has tried to bring some measure to this capture – to be able to structure an image through an understanding of the forces at work. I am learning to control these forces but I remain committed to the random nature of this work. The combination of trial and error, skill and chance lead me to create images that are, in my view, abstract but intriguing. The images allow us to pose questions about their origin and their authenticity, but moreover they are for the most part engaging and different, and usually invite us to understand the nature of colour, line and form. I create work that I enjoy looking at and that I personally would be happy to hang on my walls and look at every day.