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the blinds #8

Posted by
David (place to place, United States) on 2 May 2014 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

"The blinds" will continue again some months later -- this will be my last image from this series for now but not for good. Images for this series were created by color-inverting light-written images attained via long, jarring exposure to specks of light that escape through window blinds.

So far, this series has afforded me the opportunity to share musings on various topics surrounding my art photo technique. These topics include the difference, in my own usage, between the terms "abstract," "non-representational," and "non-pictorial." I've also chatted about finding meaningfulness or intentionality in seemingly random expressionistic techniques. And I've touched upon an idea, which I'd like to further explore here, that non-pictorial images can play to a similar aesthetic effect as non-lyrical songs.

First introduced to the idea when I researched Wassily Kandinsky's artwork and thought for a project in college, I have long been intrigued by the idea that compositions of non-pictorial shape and color in painting or photography can function in a manner similar to instrumental sounds composed in music. When you listen to an orchestra, what does it sound like? It sounds like music, of course... it doesn't need to sound like anything else. Similarly we might ask, when you look at an abstract painting by Kandinsky, what does it look like? Well, it looks like shape and line and color on canvas, of course, and it need not resemble anything else. In my interpretation of music and Kandinsky's abstract art, this does not mean that these non-pictorial artworks are completely devoid of references to particular characters or settings in life for viewer and artist alike. A good symphony may remind us of a landscape. A good composition of color might excite feelings of adventure, tranquility, romance. But it does mean that, like a symphony that sounds good without sounding like anything else, an artful image can look good without looking like anything else. The strings section of an orchestra sounds like strings. The shadow sections of my composition above look like shadow. And that is sufficient for beauty -- no other semblance required.

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The acronym, P.E.P.P.E.R., stands for " stands for "purely experimental photography produces exciting results." I combine seemingly random exposure techniques with obscure or mundane subject matters. When all is finished, a surprise emerges. The mundane, micro, and meaningless is revealed beautiful, grand, and purposeful. Nothing is meaningless. The experiment works.

I use 100% in-the-camera photo techniques, with the exception of very sparse editing, mostly of color-inversion.

Shop for prints of my photography at P.E.P.P.E.R. on Fine Art America

See more of my artwork at http://www.dcondry.com

SONY DSC-P200
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