What Do You See?

Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, of Namibia
As humans we always want to figure out what we are seeing and experiencing. We can accept and either enjoy or reject paintings and other art works that are abstract but photography is different. Since photography is capturing something that is really there, it is natural for people to ask what it is instead of accepting it.
I love seeing and photographing things that I don’t necessarily understand. I feel a connection and thus I feel an energy connection and that is what I set out to capture.
Technically, abstraction is a process by which the human intellect draws universal concepts out of individual object, regardless of their spatial-temporal characteristics.

For many humans it is tough to digest because It breaks all the rules and makes no apologies for it.
Human beings are used to understanding the world around them. You might not know how your microwave oven works, but you know how to use it.

Abstraction in photography requires you to have an open, inquiring mind; you must throw out the concept of what it is and  enter the photograph and see where it takes you. With painting and sculpture and other media this is easier than photography because many forms of art are accepted as not real and interpretation whereas photography is expected to capture what is there. If it is capturing “reality” we are compelled to understand it.

The beauty of abstraction in photography is that it gives you the freedom to explore the photograph with your subconscious  and assign your own meaning to the piece.
I was hanging out of a helicopter on the outskirts of Sossusvlei, Namibia and saw something in the distance. I directed the pilot and asked him what is that? He smiled at me and said that there is much about this land that people don’t understand. I saw and still see what appears to be greenish reptilian creatures piled up. I clearly see heads, eyes and tails of ancient dinosaurs.
Technically this is an eroded desert landscape but that is what our scientific conscious state would say but I prefer the subconscious thoughts.

Unlike any other forms of art, the abstract genre has an unerring ability to make us feel uncomfortable. Or confused. Or… in love? It is something different to each and every person, and that makes it unique and wonderful.

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