I have completed my abstract project. I have attempted to portray human traits and emotions by the exploration of line, shape, and color. It was a very valuable project for me. I needed to try something to stretch my horizons, so to speak, in photography. I have always loved color and the effects that it has on people. Line and shape can have the same effects.
Abstract art is usually the kind that makes people say, "What the heck is that?" or some similar phrase. Abstract art, to me, is about exploration. It can be about dreams, visions, feelings, or just about anything. It is about color, composing an idea, or even about technique. Abstract art is about experimenting. The only difference between "normal" art and abstract art is the way that feelings are transmitted from artist to viewer. At least, that is my opinion. Let me tell you how these were made.
I started with something called a Buddha Board. It is like an old time slate only you use water on it. The water appears as black ink on the board. It is meant to be used with a brush, but I used a squirt bottle, my fingers, a paint brush, and anything I could think of to put water on the board in a random fashion. I then photographed the board.
I then took the board image into post processing (Photoshop). Many of them I inverted first so they appeared as a negative. To some I applied a gradient filter and to some a straight color filter. Some got a split toned filter. It depended on what I hoped to say. Some got all three. Then I went into a software called Perfect Effects by OnOne. There are many presets to use and abuse. If I wanted the emotion to be a bit raw, I used a vintage preset. For the lighter emotions, I sometimes used a glow preset. Each image has quite a bit of time involved. I also used Lightroom at times. Suffice it to say, the images are highly manipulated.
Well, so much for that project. Please make any comments or leave any questions that you may have. I am curious as to what reactions this gallery will receive.
By the way, if you are actually reading this blog: Thanks so much.