Stone Portraits Series - Abstract I


My photograph Abstract I was selected for the "Abstracted" Exhibit at the Minneapolis Photo Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The juror was Brett Kallusky.

The show began September 23rd with an opening reception and ran until November 13th, 2016.

The "Abstracted" Call for Entry statement: "We all see a bit differently. As photographers we are always “looking” at everything, often to find the extraordinary in the mundane, or to simplify the complex. Whether our subjects and frames are still and carefully composed, or filled with movement and light, taken at a distance, or close-up; this call for entry asks you to show us pictures that are not so much representative of a literal reality, but re-presentations that make them uniquely your own.
Abstraction is the reduction of an image or scene to a set of lines, colors, symbols or patterns that results in a stylized representation of the object.  Its true self is obscured. Its actuality may not be readily apparent. It has been transformed. It has been Abstracted.
Shapes, colors, lines and textures all carry meaning, and allow the viewer to see the unique viewpoint that is your mind’s eye. As you interpret and frame and evolve the world around you, share with us your abstracted photographs that illuminate, or even cloud our understanding of that world."

Brett Kallusky's Juror notes about his decision-making process: "I was looking for images that presented a unique viewpoint on the subject matter, images that made me question what I was looking at, not in the sense of "what is this" but rather what does this make me think about, and what associations do I make in my mind as I look at the image.  I wanted to see some evidence of technical skill, that the photographer has an understanding of the medium, with both its abilities and flaws.  Finally, as I was jurying all of the images I kept these 3 words in the back of my head as a subjective evaluation:  simplicity, lightness, and visibility."