Reflections on a Lake, 12.25.15
This one is from 2015. It was taken in Pennsylvania, Lake of the Four Seasons, with an iPhone 5s. It will probably become apparent that I have a thing for shadows and and forms in photographs. To take a decent photograph without a human in it takes me more into the forms and shapes in the image. It’s a challenge to find these things when you are out photographing, but it is one of my favorite things to do, to go out with the objective of looking at, and looking for, smaller things in our bigger world. I can get lost doing this.
This falls into the Abstract or Non-Objective realm of photography, which can be explained as ” An abstract photograph may isolate a fragment of a natural scene in order to remove its inherent context from the viewer, it may be purposely staged to create a seemingly unreal appearance from real objects, or it may involve the use of color, light, shadow, texture, shape and/or form to convey a feeling, sensation or impression. The image may be produced using traditional photographic equipment like a camera, darkroom or computer, or it may be created without using a camera by directly manipulating film, paper or other photographic media, including digital presentations.” (thank you Wikipedia).
The early pioneers and experimenters of photography, such as, László Moholy-Nagy and Edward Weston created images of this genre. When I first started taking photographs long ago, I didn’t “get” this type of photography, but after a while when I realized the images were about shape, form, light/dark and didn’t necessarily mean to “say” something, it is what it is, plain and simple, no bigger meaning.
Sometimes facing the day in a non objective way is a great way to enjoy the day.