Focus on abstract photography

As you might know, every 6 months I will be updating my photography portfolio and presenting you a new gallery made of 3 series each time: one series will be focused on expressing and using colors, one will be pretty much a classic series, like travelling or garden photography .. and one will be more innovative, creative and nonconformist. So the time has come now to have a look a bit more in depth at each one of these series, and see how I came up with the ideas and how I made the photograph,

I'll start with my STRETCHED REALITY series. where photography almost blends with painting. With STRETCHED REALITY I try to think out of the box and innovate in my photography. Innovation is experimentation and does not always mean that the final result is what everyone expects. With this series, I love the fact that I am doing photography, while the final result could be very well resembling a modern painting, I like the idea of stretching reality as it is really like trying to change what we do/ have/ see every day, pulling it here and there up to the point of creating something new but not breaking it. Time will tell if the idea is original enough to be wanted and balanced enough to be accepted. But an artist, if photographer or painter or musician etc.. does not have to think about acceptance or rejection, an artist has to express something and send a message. While I know that this series is a "like it or hate it" series that not everyone will like, I actually really love it and really enjoyed the process of creating it.

The technique is not so easy at it might seem and there is 1 core point, I learnt it by doing it.. This technique is like the panning technique which is used in photography when you want to freeze an object moving and get it sharp even if moves, with the background blurred. So, you have an object moving in front of you and you set up your shutter speed approximately at the same speed you think the object goes. Then, what you do is you shoot the picture at that selected shutter speed and with your camera and lens you slowly follow the object (usually a car or a bicycle) passing in front of you. The final result is that the main "object" should be super sharp with its background blurred. Now, having said that, what I did here is mounting my camera on a tripod and setting my shutter speed at around 1 second, starting a tiny bit higher than the main horizon, pushing the shatter speed before starting to move (this is the trick guys, really!) and then once the shutter starts, I move down slowly and this create lines which follow the main ones. Of course here the trick is to find the right balance between giving your picture a new tweak and still be able to recognize the main objects/ panorama/ shapes, so that your eyes and mind don't get disturbed by the stretching process but intrigued. This is why I love this series and I want to enhance this balance via applying this technique to very known objects or buildings or landscapes, so that that will help the eyes a bit as well. The challenge of this type of abstract photography is also to ensure to maintain vertical lines while moving down with your tripod: a car passing by, an interruption of the descending movement with the tripod, a minor shake of the camera and the lines are gone, with the final effect becoming too much unrecognizable..

From an interior decor perspective, I see this series fitting very well:

  • a Travel Agency's office - the very well known places of this series will transmit a sense of innovation to your clients when entering the premises,

  • An office - because the photos will give a touch of color and a stylish look to your environments without disturbing as people will not have time to concentrate on them too much anyway.

  • An art gallery - because the look is really artistic.

  • Your house's walls - for the ambitious ones, maybe you leave nearby one of these well known places and you would like their representation in a more modern-painting look.

So I hope I managed to get this artsy result here and that you will really love this series and will shop it online at my LIMITED EDITION page here!

Before leaving each other ...

Please note that my LIMITED EDITION page includes only my best selection pictures which can only be printed on photo paper, canvas and metal and are in limited editions (max 10 copies allowed). If you buy a picture, please don't forget to let me know where did you locate it in your house/ office/ space writing to as I am really curious to know :-)

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