My SoFoBoMo 2016 Project Begins

“What was that you were saying, asked Fred?  I’ve got so much on my mind I can’t seem to get anything finished.”

“If you’re feeling overwhelmed, why don’t you go take some pictures?  You know it relaxes you replied his girlfriend Kathy.”

Today I am starting my SoFoBoMo 2016 project, I’ve decided to work on a personal project of Triangles.

I tend to shoot abstract photographs when left to my own devices.  But for this project I have decided to mix it up a bit and include a variety of techniques.  With each image I am trying to build in a triangle as a dominant design element.

triangles-179Today I visited a local park where there are playing fields, lots of trees and a stream.  Of the images I shot this morning, my favorite is the one on the right.  I am intrigued by the triangle created with the two sprinklers as they cross over the bench.  It directs my eye up into the leaves of the trees in the background.

For landscapes I use triangles as a base for my image more often than any other way.  But for this image, I like the positive message created by an upward-pointing triangle.

Of course I could not resist abstracts completely.  I took several, some stairs, close ups of playground equipment, some motion-blurred trees.

Only time can tell what will make the final cut.  I’ll be working on an Artist’s Statement for my book over the next couple of weeks.  I’ve found that often images I like will not fit the statement and I must cut them.  I also find this to be an essential aspect of developing a “body of work.”  The Artist’s Statement drives my final edit.  Much in the same way a magazine story will dictate the images that get selected.

SoFoBoMo 2016

If you are looking for something constructive to why not start your SoFoBoMo book?

6th Annual Abstract Photography Exhibit Open

“I missed Julie’s soccer game?  I thought they were playing here next weekend!”

How many times has that happened to you?  You had plenty of time to schedule the meeting, but you just plain forgot.  A couple of months ago I missed the Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty exhibit at the Smithsonian.  Don’t let that happen to you with the Abstract Photography Exhibit.

Annual Photography Exhibit

As of Saturday, 7 May, the 6th Annual Joseph Miller Abstract Photography Exhibit is open.  The exhibit hall is open from noon to 5pm every Saturday and Sunday in May.  We will also open it one last day on Monday, 30 May 2016.

This year’s exhibit is an ecclectic collection of abstract photographs.  Many of the images are straight photography, while others are complex manipulations in Photoshop.

The rules of this exhibit allow for any and all adjustments.  Unlike many photography exhibits there is no limit to the manipulation.  The exhibit attracts Rounding filters, Glowing Edges effects, and Solarizations.

I have attended each of the exhibits since its inception.  They each have a different flow and feel.  They are the don’t miss event of abstract photography in the Washington Metro Area.

As of Saturday, 7 May, the 6th Annual Joseph Miller Abstract Photography Exhibit is open.  The exhibit hall is open from noon to 5pm every Saturday and Sunday in May.  We will also open it one last day on Monday, 30 May 2016.

I will be attending Artist’s Reception today.  It is a great opportunity to meet fellow abstract lovers and discuss what you like and don’t like in the show.  I know several people whom I will be asking where they find their inspiration.

How to get there

The exhibit is in Gainesville at the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts.  The address is 4811 Catharpin Road, Gainesville, VA 20155.

Tell Joe that you heard about it here!