June 16, 2013 · 2:30 PM
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What is an abstract photo? Is it abstract because it's unrecognizable or is it something else? Mare Is. with its mix of monumental industrial buildings, historic brick buildings, dry docks, shipping cranes, historic cemetery, rusted machinery, etc. has enough material for abstract as well as straight-ahead photography. People use the word "abstract" loosely for any image not related to reality but to me the best abstract is one that balances between what it is and with a slight turn of the imagination becomes something else. What if the photographer sees meaning in the abstract image and it is up to the viewer find it? If anything, it is a good exercise in expanding your photography in the realm of the imagination. Everything is possible: symbols, multiple exposures, montage, staged photos, etc. Below are links to a few well-know abstract photographers and their images. Of course, it's not a requirement that abstract is only what you shoot, it's a try-it-for-fun exercise that will add to your "tool box".
The meet-up will consist of 3 stops and the ever popular “Show & Tell” part where we eat/drink/relax and show our recent UrbEx images. The schedule is shoot from 2:30-6p, Show & Tell 6-7p. I’d like to limit the group to 10 members, and a majority should be experienced in past Urban Exploration meet-ups though beginners are always welcome. A stop at the historic cemetery requires a $5 entry fee. If you get on a waiting list just be patient because there's always RSVP dropouts when nearing the take-off date.
The sign-up sequence is: RSVP, and pay meetup fee. About 10 days before meetup I will request confirmation and contact info (full legal name, cell#, emergency contact person and their tel.#.) if I don't get it in 5 days you will lose your spot to those waiting. Also, please acknowledge the Release of Liability form in Discussions that you will sign when we meet in Mare Is.