I began looking for white on white images after I wrote a post yesterday (which you will read about on November 22) and this is actually a reflection in an old hurricane lamp I thought might work but then it took on a whole new life.
It may be the influence of my recent abstract work at the pond but I decided to really push the envelope with it, going way beyond my normal processing style. I wanted to explore pure abstraction and a painterly approach.
Due to my manipulation, the end result is, in my opinion, more of a painting than a photograph even though the original image was made by the camera. It is a bit reminiscent of a Georgia O'Keeffe painting actually. I think a lot of her abstract paintings are based on close up studies of natural forms. I just applied the same principles to a man-made object and reduced it to form, color and tone...a pure abstraction of the original reality.
When does a photograph cease to be a photograph...is that even possible? Can this type of photographic abstraction be thought of as a painting utilizing light as the medium? Should it even be called a photograph at all?
I don't know the answer to those questions but I can't help but think of Freeman Patterson's insistence that we must dispense with rules if we want to push the boundaries of our creativity. We must be able to embrace the limitless possibilities. I love his openhearted approach. The following is a quotation by Freeman that I may pin up above my computer just in case I am ever inspired to push the envelope again with my camera work...
There's only one rule in photography - never develop color film in chicken noodle soup.
A wonderful post that expands on this idea of breaking through boundaries is on Kim Manley Ort's blog. I love this quote she begins with "When nothing is sure, everything is possible." - Margaret Drabble.