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.