Abstract Photography : Includes Digital photography training Can come old.

By , September 30, 2020 12:05 pm

“Do not have I discovered the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I’m on the threshold.” -W. Eugene Smith

The invention of the camera liberated painting from its reportage role. Gone was the need to produce a likeness, detail the events of the story, painting was free to express emotions. True what choose to go before contained a mental content however now painting could experiment and through imaginative interpretation permit the emotional content to predominate.

Whilst the 19th century evolved and throughout the 20th century painters from the impressionists through the cubists and expressionists to the minimalists could to make use of colour, line and form to go directly to the emotional content of the work. The representational aspect of the work become coincidental and was pushed to the stage that it became similar to lying on the grass making shapes out of clouds. Enjoyable as it might be it is secondary to the character of clouds.

The introduction of the digital darkroom has given this freedom to photographers. The range of tools to fix and enhance the camera’s capture when pushed to its extremes produces a variety of fascinating effects abstract photographers. When put into the filters included in the higher software, images can be produced that any comparison to the initial photograph is purely coincidental.

With the utilization of these tools, the skilled photographic artist may take the pop song and create, in visual terms, the lyric beauty of a baroque symphony or the down town jive of a jazz variation with no tree or high rise in sight. Just the light captured by the camera and fine tuned into something completely different, something new that arises from the photographer.

The photographer has been liberated such as the painter before them by technology. Now photographs can explore the entire range of human experience including those who haven’t any words to express them. Large statements will soon be accessible by the photographer not only in physical terms. Like their painter counterparts a big canvas has become the order of the day. This canvas can express feelings rather than just illustrate them denotes that the photograph has become an adult in the arts

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