Implications in fantasy @qrenep

Why do certain surfaces and images have such an impact on us when they aren’t obvious? Why is a foggy glass, a rainy window, a smudged painting or a dark outline sometimes so much more meaningful to us than something plain obvious sight?

We live in implications, in ideas, in false pretences or maybe even in dreams. When reality is distorted in a way that allows the mind to wander, we usually let it wander.

Abstraction creates distinction. 

For when we know something, there is little room for our minds to explore. But when only a small portion of knowledge is given to us, we assume, imagine and create. 

Clearly this can be fatal in one way or another, but in many fields, like photography, it can drive and produce a meaning beyond the instant impression the work creates. 

Aesthetically speaking, water and vapour create a world of its own when it comes to bending and breaking light. Natures intervention in art is one of the largest contributing factors to the expression of photography. With light as the most dominant contributor, water is probably the second largest contributor in the field of creating an according mood to the overall image. 

Why is this so important? Because the interplay between these central factors with the underlying implication hints at our most early memories: fantasy. We begin to assume, to imagine who the main character in this image might be. Is he or she standing under an umbrella? We do not know for sure, even if we can highly assume so. 

So the beauty of abstraction, implication and this naturalistic emphasis is what gives this image so much character. Nature lets out mind wander. Nature creates this mirage. Nature is what keeps making our art impressive. 

We grow from anguish @zoopreme

As this is the first piece i’m writing about, I thought i’d give you a little insight into how I’m going to approach this. I’m going to try and write around 300-500 per photograph. It may or may not have a structure, it’s mainly about taking the initial, second and later impressions of the piece and create a honest and constructive body of work formed around a single picture.

If we don’t take our work seriously, then how can we justify it?

The first photograph i’m going to write about is by @zoopreme. It’s captioned “we grow from anguish. One of my favourite shots I have ever taken … even in the toughest weather this swimmer pushed through”

Anguish. Time. Things take time. I have been looking at this photograph for more than a week now. The initial thoughts and lines of sight are all directed across the pier and guardrail that create a perspective that pulls the viewer into the centre of the image. Much of my initial thoughts were based on these structural factors. Only after really sitting down and taking the time to scan across the photograph I noticed the swimmer on the right. I had to pinch my eyes to be sure it was a swimmer and not a wave crashing on a rock or something similar. Finally, after reading the caption my clue was justified. I think the key subject to this image is clearly the swimmer. The swimmer creates a sense of drama, of action. A sense of action that is different to the drama created solely by structure alone. Would there be no swimmer, the image would be constructed around the perspective that draws the viewer into the abyss of the horizon. Into the never-ending, unknown confines of the ocean. The crashing waves and the cool tones highlight the likely cold temperature. Would the image be too plain without the swimmer? Why is the swimmer so important? The anguish, the struggle, the sense of determination that the swimmer highlights complements the seeming infinity and vastness of the ocean. This interplay enables a human element and therefore the photograph becomes more relatable. A photograph built solely on abstraction and structure is something a viewer might have more trouble identifying with on a human level. Being able to feel the structure, place yourself in the image both visually and emotionally enables a sensory three dimensional interaction that underlines this human element. Finally, through this one is able to enhance the image by creating specific scenarios that are based around the emotions of the viewer and questions can be asked. What is the swimmers determination? Where is he or she headed? What does this sense of motivation invoke in me?