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Reductivism

August 15, 2012

I recently came across a forum discussion here which begins to describe some of the thoughts I have been forming regarding my images and the direction I am taking the work. When I was younger I adored Ansel Adams and the f64 group. Their photographs were so rich and powerful, it was art as I knew it to be at the time. I still regard Adams work highly, but since those days I have seen a lot of different kinds of photography. I have been influenced in a lot of different ways. The work that I am doing that most interests me now are the images that have distilled the essence of the experience into a single note. This is not necessarily just one object or color, although that can be a part of it. It is about a singular harmony within the image that focuses our experience into something powerful.

Painting is said to be an additive medium, you start with a blank canvas and add paint, or whatever, to it. Photography, on the other hand, is a reductive medium, you start with the world and narrow your view from there. Photography has always been about reducing, refining, summarizing. After all isn’t that what the decisive moment is all about? Isolating not only a moment in time but a space in the world. So if I take this thought to it’s logical conclusion I am compelled to make a photograph with a single note.

From → art, my work

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