I started shooting digitally wayyy back in 2000 and would like to think that I have evolved and developed in both technical skill and vision since then. I recently had a need to go back and look through my older images and was struck by how many of those older images (many passed over at the time) were completely consistent with what I’m shooting today.
This month’s featured image was made in 2009 – not so long ago – but it’s interesting to compare with my featured image last month (which was shot earlier this year).
Like last month’s image, this one is also an exploration of an architectural detail, with a focus on shadow, light, texture and geometric form.
What makes the image work for me is its extraction from environment and context, giving the viewer no reference as to scale or location, forcing an examination of pure form and surface. Even then it’s NOT a pure abstract – my images always contain a clue that this is a photograph – and therefore a scene from life: something that can be seen in the real world. The link between abstract art and urban landscape is one of my consistent themes.
This suggests a possible alternative definition for “evolution”: rather than getting better at capturing images, perhaps what has developed is simply my selection process!
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