Urban Abstracts

 

For photographers there is sometimes an underlying sense that we have to travel to exotic locations to produce the best photos, and social media has amplified that compulsion. However, if we look beyond the obvious and truly see the world around us, there is great beauty to found all around.

My process with potential subjects is to first find the visual elements that appeal to me. Then I vary the composition to remove elements and isolate a fragment of the subject. By removing functional context I’m left with the core elements of form, colour and texture, and can use those to evoke an emotional response.

One of the fascinating properties of urban abstracts is that an image can be both a literal reproduction of a subject and be abstract in nature. Structures such as bridges, modernist buildings and machinery lend themselves to this style.