Street photography, abstracted street portraiture, abstract photography.
The consideration that the boundary of the raw and literal of the street photography genre might be crossed... that the streets provide us with raw materials, from which we might move to abstraction- perhaps beyond visuals that we've come to expect. Failures? Plenty. Successes? Here and there.
I haven't attempted to show since my gallery and Soho Myriad representation in Atlanta some ten+ years ago. Since that time I have lived mostly overseas, still in associations with artists there and some work with Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. After three+ years in Hong Kong, we returned to The States, as the Communist Mainland had begun its takeover there.
I thank our drive of creativity that kept me sane during those years abroad, when I missed my children so much, too much. In a sense, it saved me.
... only an out-of-date camera and the hustle and bustle of people engaged in their business. One might argue that the streets are where art began and where it will end. Situationists might certainly argue that...
My father's sepia-tinted photos of Hawaii from WWII. The iconic photo of the Vietnamese napalm girl. Artistic elements we find in so much photo- journalism.
The ever-shifting intersection of photojournalism and art.
The enigma, this intersection, and how it reveals itself most completely in the genre of Street Photography.
And to go a step further, how some of those images might be edited, altered, abstracted to provide alternative interpretations.
The information age. Everyone is a writer, an artist, a creative. It rips at our core, that search for authentic terminal uniqueness among our polarized tribes..
We must never lose sight of 'we.' The streets remind us of that.
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