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I’ve come to digital abstract art after a lifetime career of realistic photography. Abstract elements of line, form and mass, contribute to the communication power of realistic images.
I found myself being slowly swept out of my 40 year career in realistic photography, including photojournalism and documentary photography. There was always a problem. I’m reflective, while photojournalism demands reaction more than reflection. I’ve made the transition to my métier.
I now bring abstract elements to the foreground, elevating them from a supporting role to being the subject. I work spontaneously on a piece until I see a theme. Each work remains abstract, but I see a visual theme or narrative. I call it "abstract" but, after 300 to 600 key/mouse strokes, themes emerge. My titles reflect what I see. This is a visual means to say things in a universal way, allowing you to make your own discoveries.
My work appeals to the meaning seekers. If you find one that matches your rhythm, it’s a winner. Contemplation of each level is the key. Mass media can do a lot but it can’t enhance contemplation. We need contemplation time for good mental health.
Themes arise automatically from a store of experiences from my career in realistic photography. Good photography elicits an emotional response. I work until I perceive an emotion represented in abstract forms. Usually, I feel authorship. Other times, images manifest themselves from beyond my conscious awareness.