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    line and form

    i seem to have wandered into territory that i did not realize i was going to be in.
    typically over the years i have had a specific subject - person, place or thing.
    if it was an "abstract" image i was always taught move a little closer
    ( or farther away ) to stop it short in its tracks or let the subject breathe
    --- let the line and form of the subject become the subject of the photograph itself
    ( like grain of wood, or stark images of a fence in the snow &C ).

    it seems over the past few months
    i have abandoned a this formal way of seeing for something else.
    the shape, tonality and grain work together to give me something
    other than what i photographed.
    black / white, vivid or muted color, images of flowers,
    grass, bits of hardware, clothesline-stuff,
    cable-guides on a telephone pole, close ups,
    farther back, it doesn't matter anymore what it is,
    it all becomes something else.


    has anyone else fallen into the abyss?
    where does it lead?
    silver magnets, trickle tanks sold
    artwork often times sold for charity
    PM me for details

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian
    it seems over the past few months
    i have abandoned a this formal way of seeing for something else.
    the shape, tonality and grain work together to give me something
    other than what i photographed...

    has anyone else fallen into the abyss?
    where does it lead?
    My perception of the world changes - at random velocities. What I 'see" today is not necessarily what I "see" tomorrow, although composed of the same forms, and relationships. Therefore what I photograph often is different from what I "see", after a lapse of time, in my photographs. I guess one might label that "instability" but life would be grim as hell without it.

    An "abyss"? Nah! It is an ADVENTURE!!!
    Carpe erratum!!

    Ed Sukach, FFP.

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    "when you stare into an abyss - the abyss stares back into you" - Friedrich Nietzche.

    I always loved that. I think it's wonderfully creepy.

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    It leads to madness and halucinating that there was once something called GAF Universal Developer.

    I know - I've had this madness.
    juan

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    My perception of the world changes - at random velocities. What I 'see" today is not necessarily what I "see" tomorrow, although composed of the same forms, and relationships.
    Which also points out that you should never discard your old negatives. You may notice something new in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Koch
    Which also points out that you should never discard your old negatives. You may notice something new in them.
    I've always felt that way, despite the seemingly large number of people that feel otherwise. I've found the most intriguing images on old rolls of film - I can't imagine throwing them away. For them to exist, I must have seen something of value in the in the first place, even if I can't see it right now.

    And no, you are not alone in this matter. My vision has changed dramaticaly over the years. Right now I am captivated by abstractions in plants, something I've never done in my life before now. Welcome the change - it is an indication that your ability to see is expanding.

    - Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian
    has anyone else fallen into the abyss?
    where does it lead?
    Have I ever fallen into an exciting, free flowing 'abyss' where I wasn't concentrating on nailing exposure-development combinations, or being hyper aware of composition? Sadly, nope, not me.

    Where will it lead? I figure once you've scratched this creative itch, what ever you've learned will be incorporated into your new work...which will be a treat for me to see because I think you are a creative force of nature already!!!!

    My theory is you're in the navel-gazing stage of creative development, which is mandatory before any meaningful growth.

    Murray
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    Note to self: Turn your negatives into positives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Koch
    Which also points out that you should never discard your old negatives. You may notice something new in them.
    Exactly! I don't discard them. It is great to re-visit them after a few years and discover so much that I overlooked at the time.

    In this case, time is a great cure for nearsightedness.

    It is much like the one and two minute poses in Life Class - once extreme self-criticism (no time for that with a one minute pose!) is eliminated, it is surprising - wonderfully - to find how good your work really is!
    Carpe erratum!!

    Ed Sukach, FFP.

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    Next thing ya know, you'll be posting absract nudes!

    Even with conventional subject matter, I think line and form play a big part in how we see things. So, concentrating on just the line and form can't be all bad. It's bound to lead to some new area of creativity.

    On the other hand, if all you're seeing is line and form, you may want to have someone else drive you to the optometrist.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

    Ralph Barker
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    thank you all for your input and personal experiences!
    juan, i have a feeling i'll be zoning out and seeing that big red can

    thanks murray for your kind words

    stay tuned,

    john
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