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by | Jun 25, 2021

Beautiful Decay Art

What is urban decay photography?

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I look for rust patterns, peeling paint, and old abandoned items. Sometimes I see faces in the art, sometimes it is a landscape. All of these pieces represent the old, the vintage, the forgotten. 

 

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Abstract Photo Albums

What is abstract photography?

When I started photographing, I joined a critique group to refine my compositions and techniques. After a couple of these sessions, the leader commented, “you have an eye for textures and patterns.” However, I was in a critique group for travel photography. Our mission involved capturing images of people in places to encourage the viewer to take a mental vacation and hopefully inspire the plan for travel in the future. At that moment, although I understood the comment, I was disappointed.

We get nudges from many directions helping to point us on our path. I tucked that comment away, and when it kept surfacing, I leaned into what it was saying to me. My style of photographing does lean towards isolating a texture or pattern. I experiment endlessly to convey emotion. I’m less interested in the subject than the feeling of that moment.

So here I am, an abstract photography artist. I present to you these photography albums to encourage you to explore, interpret, and add your meaning to these images. I love the abstract world because we can transcend time. We can change reality. Our state of mind can explore within ourselves. Abstract art represents an expression of truths not bound by time or place. Your attention is the essential element.

“Art is incomplete without the perceptual or emotional involvement of the viewer.”

-Alois Riegl

Artistic Effects Photo Albums

What is artistic photography?

More than just capturing an image, artistry comes into play when there is an emotion I am trying to convey. I use my camera settings to effect motion; I move the camera while taking the picture; or I modify the photo after I’ve taken it with software techniques. Art implies creativity, and although the camera was invented to document reality, as with any tool, as humans, we inevitably ask ourselves, “what if?” The result is, hopefully, aesthetic art pictures.

 

“Why should not the camera artist break away from the worn-out conventions and claim the freedom of expression which any art must have to be alive?”

-Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1882-1966

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Grand Canyon Moods

Grand Canyon Moods

by | Aug 9, 2021 | 0 comments

Grand Canyon abstract art for sale in all her moods.

“Beauty has as many meanings as man has moods. Beauty is the symbol of symbols. Beauty reveals everything, because it expresses nothing. When it shows us itself, it shows us the whole fiery-coloured world.”

–Oscar Wilde

With such a vast, deep place, the weather and seasons color the canyon with many moods. One trip is never enough to really explore her. In these moody scenes, we see cycles in nature that seem to mimic our own.

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Decay Art for Sale

Beautiful Decay Art for Sale

by | Aug 3, 2021 | 0 comments

Grunge aesthetic.

Dilapidated objects have a sense of mystery. They hold secrets from a long life. Their surface tells a story and the patterns make beautiful abstract rust wall art. Within the rust and paint swirls, I discover the texture of a living surface that is still developing. Who is to say when something is at the end of its useful life?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract Sky

Abstract Sky

by | Aug 1, 2021 | 0 comments

Abstract sky art.

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”

– Rumi

In the vast space above us, there is a canvas that nature paints. She brings clouds on the wings of the wind; she shines a spotlight where she’d like your attention; she uses color to delight your senses. After all that, she darkens the sky for rest and introspection. 

 

California Coast

California Coast

by | Aug 1, 2021 | 0 comments

Ocean sunset and a California beach.

“When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, Soften the orange a bit on the right-hand corner.’ I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”

Carl R. Rogers

You’ve been granted great fortune if you can watch the sun sink below the horizon of the ocean. The cool of the water, the warmth of the sun, and the great calm of witnessing the two entities seemingly join in harmony as one.

 

Alternate Autumn

Alternate Autumn

by | Aug 1, 2021 | 0 comments

Digital Media Art meets Acadia National Park in the fall.

“I needed to understand that maybe sometimes we go through life seeing only what we want to see.”
― Julianne MacLean, A Curve in the Road

I’ve taken the road less traveled through the sugar maple-lined roads of Acadia National Park with some artistic experimentation. Artists love to paint and photograph the curves in the road, teasing you with the lure of wondering what is around the corner. I’ve added to that with the ghost impression of a car long gone. 

 

 

Objects Reimagined

Objects Reimagined

by | Jul 23, 2021 | 0 comments

Seeing things differently.

“Photography makes one conscious of beauty everywhere, even in the simplest things, even in what is often considered commonplace or ugly. Yet nothing is really ‘ordinary’, for every fragment of the world is crowned with wonder and mystery, and a great and surprising beauty.”

—Alvin Langdon Coburn

What do you see in these everyday objects presented as a completed work of art? Here is your place to wonder, to imagine, and to release reality. I love giving the ordinary their day to shine, to be appreciated, to be celebrated. For in someone’s eyes, we are also ordinary. And yet, in another’s, we are a treasure. Hopefully, our own self-perception lands in the latter.

Grand Canyon Illusion

Grand Canyon Illusion

by | Jul 20, 2021 | 0 comments

Grand Canyon art of illusion.

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spend time at the rim of the canyon and you’ll feel the illusion of her shifting: through seasons, time of day, weather; the place takes on a different personality at every shadow tracing along the rock cliffs. By using slight motion techniques, I share with you her sharp edges along with her soft, serene moments. 

 

 

 

Arches in a New Light

Arches in a New Light

by | Jul 19, 2021 | 0 comments

Abstract landscape art inspired by Arches National Park.

What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote.

–Edward Abbey

The desert is anything but plain. Instead, behold the treasures of rich golds, blushing reds, and royal purples. Rugged rock formations, wind-swept vistas, and a vast space allows your thoughts room to spread outwards and your eyes a gaze to wander around. Spend some time drawn into the abstract lands of Arches captured in impressionism photography.

 

Alternative Utah

Alternative Utah

by | Jul 9, 2021 | 0 comments

Digital art pieces show off Utah’s unique landscape.

In its own natural way, Arches National Park and Canyonlands is a surreal landscape with spires standing up to the endless wind and arches gracefully bending overhead. I’ve taken the liberty to modify some of my photographs of the area into an alternate way to view the landscape. Digitality meets reality. Starting with a photo, I use digital techniques to create one-of-a-kind fantasy images. This collection takes you through tapestry, gemstones, and a play on words. 

Game of Tones: Neutrals

Game of Tones: Neutrals

by | Jul 9, 2021 | 0 comments

Abstract neutral color art.

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

–Georgia O’Keefe

Neutral colors are anything but dull. Instead, a palette of whites reveals a softness, a place you’d like your eye to linger and relax. So I’ve gathered a group of photos that complement each other in white tones to create modern abstract neutral color art. And they are close-ups too. However, I just couldn’t fit all of that in one sentence.

 

 

 

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Mountains

Mountains

by | Jul 9, 2021 | 0 comments

Black and white mountain photos.

Mountains are symbolic of elevated wisdom. If we take the spectrum of color away, we are reduced to interpreting our own meaning from the slopes, the peaks, and the valleys they form. We see in the ranges, the cliffs, and the rugged upheavals part of our own progress and overcoming obstacles. Journey into the simplistic natural world of black and white mountain photos.

 

 

 

 

Water

Water

by | Jul 9, 2021 | 0 comments

Wave and waterfall photography.

Normally, we associate water with the color blue. However, reduced to black and white, water can be seen for much more: soft on some occasions, powerful on others. But extracting the color, you are left to enjoy the movement, form, and beauty of water itself. Can you hear the roar in the waterfall or the crash of the waves?

 

 

 

 

External Forces

External Forces

by | Jul 9, 2021 | 0 comments

Yoga wall art.

Can we be at war and spiritual at the same time? While yoga is well-known for improving flexibility and strength, there is an element of warrior preparation underlying the practice. In today’s world, while many of us may not be serving in the armed forces, we still encounter outside pressures which can be destructive. My symbolic representation of these yoga poses with army toys is to illustrate graphically that we are in charge of our inner peace. Your yoga studio wall would approve.

 

Minimalism

Minimalism

by | Jul 8, 2021 | 0 comments

Black and white minimalist art.

Simple abstract art exposes the essence of the scene. By using order, harmony, and repetition, minimalistic abstract images remove clutter. With black and white, I eliminate one more distraction. You’ll find this photography collection to have lines, angles, and shapes that subtly tell a story. Simple black and white art makes a sophisticated statement on a wall.

 

 

Autumn Abstracted

Autumn Abstracted

by | Jul 8, 2021 | 0 comments

Colorado aspen trees in the fall.

Take a new look at fall, one that dances, swirls, turns, and rushes on by. These abstract fall colors will open you to new sensations of the season of maturity and preparation.

 

 

Winter in the Tetons

Winter in the Tetons

by | Jul 8, 2021 | 0 comments

Winter photography: Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Winter in the Grand Tetons is not just cold; it is one of the most pristine, quiet, and spiritual times to enjoy the rugged landscape. The crowds of summer are a mere memory. The mountains stand taller; the lakes are frozen over. Storms move in sudden and vacate just the same. The setting inspires intimate landscape photography–the intimate kind that only a Wyoming winter storm can create.

 

 

Fall in Crested Butte

Fall in Crested Butte

by | Jul 8, 2021 | 0 comments

Fall colors in Colorado.

Fall is the soft shoulder of seasons, releasing us from the heat of summer, gently guiding us towards the inevitable, relentless cold of winter. Come enjoy these aesthetic photos and a virtual trip with me to Crested Butte, an epicenter of autumn foliage.

Winter Migration at Bosque del Apache

Winter Migration at Bosque del Apache

by | Jul 8, 2021 | 0 comments

Wildlife photography of birds.

I am waiting in the cold stillness of a winter morning. Darkness is barely lifting. There is a hint of the sun inching towards the tip of the San Pasqual mountains. I feel a hint of something about to happen. Is it a sound? A movement in the distance? No, I realize that I am feeling the vibration of wings. Hundreds of thousands of wings. Then the silhouetted cloud of hundreds, maybe thousands, of snow geese appears. They circle in a mad symphony overhead, both deafening and glorious. My heart is racing. I forget how cold my hands are, and I watch in amazement. The wetlands at Bosque del Apache in New Mexico offer an important winter stopping point for Sandhill Cranes, Ross’ Snow Geese, and many varieties of raptors and shorebirds.

Manmade Motion

Manmade Motion

by | Jul 7, 2021 | 0 comments

“In truth, I suspect that merely slowing down is not a very satisfying answer. What I need has less to do with my pace of life than my peace of life. At any speed, I crave a deep and lasting inner peace. And if it’s solace I’m after, I don’t need to pace myself like a turtle, change jobs or set up house on a quiet island. It is usually frenetic living, not high energy, that robs my peace of mind. — Steve Goodier

We set our own pace. Slow down and enjoy this collection of abstract architectural art that I’ve literally set into motion. 

 

 

Motion in the Garden

Motion in the Garden

by | Jul 7, 2021 | 0 comments

Impressionistic, abstract photography.

I wonder if Monet were alive today and had the benefit of a digital camera in hand, would he create the gentle brushstrokes a camera records with movement? Is the soft subtle motion of a breeze stirring up a patch of red flowers in a green field of grass? Or the tussling of the branches of a tree? Imagine how the landscape changes at the hand of the artist in these photo-impressionism images. 

 

 

Peeling Paint

Peeling Paint

by | Jul 6, 2021 | 0 comments

The art of urbex.

“Aging has a wonderful beauty and we should have respect for that.” –Eartha Kitt

Urban exploration takes us on a journey of appreciating the aesthetic in corrosion. When layers upon layers of paint chips and peels, I find a world of symbolism. There are intimate landscapes, ocean vignettes, everyday objects, wildlife, reference to great artists, political statements, storms, star systems, and a mock of my doodling. You must explore everything.

Faces

Faces

by | Jul 6, 2021 | 0 comments

The art of pareidolia.

There’s a parallel experience at work here. Almost anywhere I can see an object and also see a face within that same object. I see faces everywhere. And I believe they make for intriguing abstract decay art. Don’t you just want to know what is on their mind?

 

 

Abandoned

Abandoned

by | Jul 6, 2021 | 0 comments

Explore abandoned places for the grunge aesthetic.

“We are not victims of aging, sickness, and death. These are part of the scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being.” –Deepak Chopra  

Your exploration will lead you to old vehicles, antiquated equipment, dilapidated buildings–and the beauty that exists even in the forsaken. So many see dirt, grease, cobwebs, and jagged edges. Instead, I’ve found mesmerizing patterns, a focus from another time on quality in manufacturing, and wise old messages.

Rust Art

Rust Art

by | Jun 18, 2021 | 0 comments

Grunge aesthetic.

Dilapidated objects have a sense of mystery. They hold secrets from a long life. Their surface tells a story and the patterns make beautiful abstract rust wall art. Within the rust and paint swirls, I discover the texture of a living surface that is still developing. Who is to say when something is at the end of its useful life?

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Decay Art

Beautiful Decay Art

by | Jun 18, 2021 | 0 comments

Beautiful Decay Art

In rust, corrosion, and decay, we see impermanence. Could the effect of time and the elements on metal, paint, and glass be mirrors for ourselves?  As a society, we value youth. We shun aging. Yet, when you really think this through, isn’t it amazing that we’ve been granted another day to explore? We got to be young, and here we are, still able to learn and experience. Our bodies and minds are sacred and deserve our kindness and attention. Let’s embrace our aging, whether it is an old car, bad knees, or forgetting details. In all of it, your attention is what determines if something is beautiful.

 

“The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.” 

-The Buddha

Black and White

Black and White Abstract Photography

Our lifestyle fills up with hectic schedules, chaos, and endless details. The rapid pace and piling on materialism lead to a chronically cluttered mind. Getting back to the basics is crucial for our sanity. This collection of minimalist abstract art will remind you of the simplicity you seek.

Black and white photography has been an appealing art form and versatile as home decor no matter how many times you may change your color scheme. Monochrome photo prints make a statement: less is more. With no color to distract your attention, you concentrate on the contrasts of light and shadow. Patterns are more discernable. Simplicity calls you back to appreciating the small things in life. 

 

“Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world.”

-Joel Sternfeld

Up Close

Up Close Albums

Up Close Photography

I have a bad habit when it comes to taking photos: I want to get closer to my subject. Really close. Zoomed in. Sometimes I miss the bigger picture, pun intended. However, the appeal to me is to discover details that usually go unnoticed. Because the context is new to our eyes, these photos generally make for appealing abstract fine art.

 

“Viewed close up, nobody is normal.”

-Caetano Veloso

Let’s Stay Home

Let’s Stay Home

by | Jun 18, 2021 | 0 comments

Lockdown art.

“The arts don’t exist in isolation.”

–David Bryne

After a few shell-shocked mornings at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, I looked up from having checked my phone for news updates. The subtle movement across the wall caught my attention. Slowly, methodically, a shadow invited me to focus on the present moment and appreciate what was unfolding in front of me. What resulted was making art in isolation.

 

 

 

 

Silhouette head and camera with Grand Canyon photo inside

To learn more about how the “Stay at Home Command” photo evolved, see the journal entry by clicking here.

Color at the End of the Tunnel

Color at the End of the Tunnel

by | Jun 18, 2021 | 0 comments

Colorful abstract art.

Upbeat colors and a dreamy effect of shapes from an unlikely place: underneath a highway. This tunnel’s walls were painted with geometric patterns. I twisted my camera around and around. I fell in love with the gradient colors, the lines, and the swirls, all giving off a fun, youthful vibe. Enjoy the variety of geometric abstract art that the tunnel and I produced in collaboration.

 

 

 

 

Alternative Grand Canyon

Alternative Grand Canyon

by | Jun 18, 2021 | 0 comments

Digital art examples using the Grand Canyon as a model.

The importance of creativity is that the more you flex your creative muscle, the better you get at innovating and solving problems. Experimenting with techniques for digital nature art, I created a new look for the Grand Canyon. Let your imagination wander is to explore her depths and moods.

 

 

 

 

 

Intimate Landscapes Albums

What is artistic photography?

 

“Why should not the camera artist break away from the worn-out conventions and claim the freedom of expression which any art must have to be alive?”

-Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1882-1966

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