$27.00 USD

24.04 Richard Martin - Towards Abstraction in the Natural World

A presentation for photographers who are technically experienced, visually aware and who are looking for a different direction in their photography. This session provides an opportunity to discover alternative ways to work creatively. Whether you are interested in landscapes, portraits, architecture and so forth, there are almost endless possibilities for expressing your feelings and vision photographically. The challenge is to communicate these feelings, without letting technique overwhelm vision. The main purpose of abstraction in art is not to tell a story, but to encourage involvement and imagination. Abstract art’s main objective is to provide viewers with an intangible and emotional experience, being completely different for everyone, depending on their personality and mood. Uncovering concepts means peering into our imagination. We must be free and relaxed to learn how to play, to take risks, to trust our instincts and impulses, our dreams, and spontaneous associations. We must learn to welcome and recognize the ambiguous, the accidental and the illogical, to allow reality to become surreal, metaphorical, and imaginary. The session is concerned primarily with an exchange of ideas and aims to challenge the celebrated and introduce new possibilities. It will provide aesthetic exploration of individual creativity. I will examine a body of work characterized by how design, form, and structure take precedence over the subject itself. This emphasis on deliberate structure and design can apply to a wide range of different images – from natural straight photography to manipulated abstractions.