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Hi, I'm Ann of annstracts, an emerging photographer who sees the beauty in what might typically go unnoticed. My style of photography is close-up, and a bit out of context for a more intimate view. The blend between my name and "abstracts" occurred while collaborating with my best friend. As we discussed what I wanted to do with my photography, I realized my work wasn't necessarily portraying reality, on purpose. I think of my art as a way for the viewer to see the truth in their way. The definition of abstract art at its simplest is using forms, colors, and materials unusually to elicit thoughtfulness and feelings. If viewing annstracts art helps in seeing the beauty that surrounds us, no matter how ordinary, we practice acceptance. Slowing down, we develop a warm feeling for the world. We offer others empathy and forgiveness. More importantly, we realize that life doesn't have to be perfect for us to be happy. We only get this moment, this one moment right now. Being grateful for what is helps to anchor us to the present moment. That makes the ordinary genuinely extra-ordinary.
My photography journey isn't about spending hours in a darkroom processing film back in my youth. Nor did I grow up listening secretly from the hallway while my parents had cocktails in the living room with Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, and Steve McCurry. Photography wasn't on my radar until about four years ago. Photography surfaced from a failure. I worked in technology sales "successfully" for 30 years, and after reporting to a cubicle for that long, I finally snapped. My soul needed out. Everyone thought my plan sounded impressive: travel to exotic locations and make a living as a travel writer. I quickly realized that I'd need photos to accompany the articles, though. Readers weren't readers, after all, they had become skimmers, and they needed a shiny object to capture their attention. I bought a camera. I signed up for classes. I tried to write articles and take photos for magazines. Fast-forward, I didn't get the spark out of trying to fit myself into the travel writer square either. At the time, I deemed this a failure on my part. What I discovered in the process, though, is that taking pictures and writing about the symbolism of what I experience while capturing the image excite me. So while spending time and money in one direction felt like a big waste, now I see that it opened up a path that is more soul-satisfying.
As I'd write about my photos, I realized that psychology, wellness, and self-awareness kept surfacing. While many people consume daily horoscopes, I read about Myers-Briggs types, psychology, and Taoism for kicks. I've come through some significant life changes, which we all do. I found that understanding my motivations and emotions helped me to grow through those awkward moments. I cannot tell you how many writers on the web provide quality material that helped me. If looking through this site gives you an uplifting feeling or insight, I'm humbled. If a piece speaks to your heart, I hope you'll enjoy it as your respite. The fact that I created a work that you are appreciating connects us. And in today's environment, we all desperately need a sense of community. I invite you to stay connected through my PhotoBlog. I promise to keep positive, insightful messages and art coming your way.
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