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.
This workshop is different than our regular Lightroom Workflow workshop.
We are going to concentrate on the new masking tools in the Develop Module.Lightroom has become a game changer with the addition of new masking tools . What was powerful is now in the stratosphere and aided by AI technology to help guide the photographer with the power of masks like never before. Selections that were only available in Photoshop and tedious to use and understand can now be in the hands of everyone.
During our workshop we will of course cover the basics that we always have and bring you up to speed with Lightroom but more importantly we are introducing Creativity into our course. We want you to not only learn what the tools do but more importantly how to use them to create your own signature work.
The workshop is hands on and limited to 8 people allowing you the experience of a private workshop.
Workshop Date:Thursday, December 8th – Sunday, December 11th, 2022
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