I am preparing a talk about abstract landscape photography.
I would love to tell some amusing anecdotes or jokes on the subject to lighten up the presentation. Google doesn't have any on this topic. Possibly because it really isn't a very amusing topic. I may have to find something deep and meaningful to say instead. Or most probably not. I can't do 'art-speak'.
But I do know what I like even if I struggle to say "why". The emotional impact of an image is a lot to do with the 'why'. How it makes you feel. Where it takes you in your mind. The memories that it evokes. The senses that are stimulated; touch, sound, smell. Art is easier to sell if it stimulates all the senses in some way and takes the viewer on a journey to another place within their head.
I have been asked to list the photographers who have most influenced me as part of my recent learning.
That was easy, and the list was long, so I'll stick to my top three.
Number one has to be Paul Kenny who creates other-worldy abstracts from objects on the seashore and sea water.
I am not one for jewels, but see his works as precious in the same way that others might see a Faberge egg or a diamond. I would rather have one of his prints than any gold or silver.
Second must be Chris Friel for his multiple exposure portraits that pack emotional punch, and his abstracted landscapes that use colour and minimalism to perfection.
His work is always surprising, and ever changing. A master of experimentation and persistence.
Thirdly I would choose Susan Derges for her camera-less images of moonlight taken from a river bed;
This bears an uncanny similarity of tones and shapes to Paul Kenny's "Blue Moon" above, despite being produce by completely different processes. There is something very satisfying about circles, and calming about the colour blue. Flowing water and luminous landscapes without a waterfall in sight. Cool and refreshing.
I would dive in if it weren't for the toad spawn.........