About "Abstractions and Perspectives"

Over the years, I have been involved in a number of photo competitions, both as a contestant and judge (although not at the same time or I would have more blue ribbons). A common category in photo competition is Abstracts, often defined as “looking at an object in a way that would not usually be seen – often involving the use of color, light, shadow, texture, shape, patterns, and/or form to convey a feeling, sensation or impression.” Some describe abstract photography as “a method of expressing ideas and emotions without the intention of creating a traditional or realistic image.”


Like most other types of photography, the line between abstracts and other categories are often blurred, and frankly, I usually don’t know where things best fit.


Some of the most acclaimed (and expensive) photographic images do not appeal to me, yet they are viewed as “masterpieces.” A classic example of this is Andreas Gursky’s “Rhine II” which sold for $4.3 million dollars in 2011. I won’t try to describe this image, but Google it and you will see why many people continue to be puzzled by this. At the time of the sale, this represented the highest price ever paid for a photograph.


A few years later, Australian landscape photographer Peter Lik set a new world record after a private collector purchased one of his photos for $6.5 million. The black-and-white image, called “Phantom,” was taken in Arizona’s Antelope Canyon. Unlike Rhine II, I think Phantom is breathtaking.


I’m pretty sure that none of my images will break any sales records (unless the person who bought Rhine II finds my website), but if anyone has an extra million or two and wants to become a world record holder, I will be happy to speak with you at your earliest convenience.

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