This month I'm going to blabber about something that I haven't started yet, but am incredibly interested in pursuing. As my last post touched upon, one of my most favorite things to photograph is abstract spaces found in the small places that most people overlook. But having a background in portraiture, I also enjoy portrait photography. Eventually I would like to merge those two forms into one- abstract portraiture. But, there are sooo many ways to approach this, that I am not entirely sure where to start! So I keep track of all of my ideas, and tackle them one by one, seeing what works for me and what doesn't. These days, many seem to be interested in the standard portrait. It may tell something about their personality, but in general it's about creating a perceived notion of how that person wants others to view them. With a strong background in conceptual art, I know that it takes longer than one or two chat sessions with a stranger to really figure out who they are, unless they are willing to throw all cards out on the table.
By combining abstract photography and portraiture, I hope to establish a connection with the subject and the viewer that goes beyond a simple "hello". I want them to connect on an emotional level, for the subject to express their inner thoughts and feelings through color and form, and the viewer to feel that emotion. The goal would be to make that feeling so strong and intense, that it would be hard to put words to it. Here are a few of the inspiring artists that I've stumbled across and have been gathering in my "idea book" in hopes to find my way:
Alessandro Pautasso: http://nosurprises.it/
Alex Markow & Magnus Sodamin: http://theinspirationgrid.com/lost-in-infinity-split-psychedelic-photos-by-alex-markow-magnus-sodamin/
Hopefully you have some new inspiring artists to add to your list now too!
Until next time,