Sunday, 6 November 2011

PHOTOGRAPHY: Abstract Realities or The Photography of an Image. Marc T

For many years I.m exploring  the relation between  reality and what we see as a reality in imagery and photography.  Is reality a personal interpretation from an action?  What makes us believe what we see is reality?  A same picture will evoke different interpretations by different viewers, everyone will see his own reality. I'm not interested in pictorial and descriptive photography, I'm concerned about the image and the non-manipulation of the image. I work with a full automatic digital camera and do not process the pictures. I don't want to interfere in the imaging. The frame is an imposed limitation obliging me to compose into a given space. 
Abstract Realities is questioning the understanding of the imagery versus  photography. Photography by definition is a fixed fragment of life or from a situation, in other cases it is a constructed illusion like commonly used in commercial photography. We are used to see, and, to interpret a situation translated into a picture. Susan Sontag was also questioning the seeing in photography and the photographers reality versus the  "real' reality. A taken photograph is the photographers reality. The photographer than interprets a particular action or subject and translate into his own visual language.
What is a photograph or better what is a photographed image? The image is the result of a photographed item. The image is an interpretation of what we see and we do not always see reality. In some cases the abstraction of reality is already the item itself.
I discovered this when I was shooting a model through a glass wall.  A traditional photograph will show a women behind a glass wall, but I photographed the image created by a subject through a glass wall.
I'm interested in  photographing the image of the subject rather than the subject itself.. I photographed a   glass wall ,while the image seen on that glass wall is an interpretation of a reality behind the  glass wall.
In this case photography is joining the abstract painting,  reproducing the essential of the image. By erasing - the glass wall is erasing - all  perturbing details and  to reduce the  subject to its minimal, we  can read the obtained picture in a different way, whatever the reality is.  The image stands on itself and the subject becomes a medium and is not the purpose.

 Abstract Reality 1 photo; Marc T. Nov 2011

 Abstract Reality 2 photo: Marc T. Nov 2011

 Abstract Reality 3 photo: Marc. T Nov. 2011

 Abstract Reality 4 photo: Marc T. Nov 2011

 Abstract Reality 5 photo: Marc T. Nov 2011

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 Abstract Reality 7 photo: Marc T. Nov 2011 

 Abstract Reality 8 photo: Marc T. Nov 2011

 Abstract Reality 9 photo: Marc T.Nov 2011

Abstract Reality 10 photo: Marc T. Nov 2011


  1. Sorry, but I don't agree. One can manipulate the image to achieve aesthetic results to help them interpret or enhance their abstract perspective. As for me, give me clear cut images with spot on technique that allow me to see Farber or Westonesque forms and shapes. J

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