The Abstract Eye:
Art To Seriously Improve The Photographer's Ability To See
Image from Artist, Neil Campbell: faultline (2008)
A Special Opportunity Photo Shoot
I've been shooting abstract photos for many years because it gives me an improved, deeper understanding about how my eyes work when I shoot reality. Experimenting with camera-arts in this way has also given me the courage and skill to identify and isolate "unseen" images.
The Advantage: Because you're looking deeper and other-dimensionally, it's as if you have x-ray vision or microscopic lens which enables you to create dominance where none previously existed resulting in amazing, larger than life images.
Above all, I primarily do it for the fun. Photography is fun (which is why we got hooked to begin with) and there's something especially satisfying when you "push the envelope" and step outside the traditional camera box to capture form, color, line and texture.
The End Result: Among many happy surprises, I have become much more intimately connected to my personal vision and what I'm looking for when I shoot reality. Through the practice of Abstract Photography I've learned to trust my gut instincts; in fact to rely upon them without hesitation. This increase in confidence is what allows me to look at things from a completely different perspective resulting in many "wow" photos!
Our eyes are just like any muscle. They strengthen to uniquely see conditions and situations the more they are exercised in a deliberate way. Think of Abstract Photography as the "6 Pack-Abs Workout" for better seeing.
Think of it also as a "signature builder" that will help you to personalize, claim and attain your own, distinctly developed style -- setting your work apart from other photographers!
Join us for this fun event: I promise it will be challenging, risky, and fully rewarding when you experience moving far beyond the norm, away from traditionally accepted shooting methods and rigid rules about what our cameras and eyes were supposedly built to do!
When: Saturday, May 26th @2pm
Where: Gold Meir Square, 1411 Broadway at 40th Street
Organizer Fee: $10 (Only for On-Line RSVPS); $20 (Cash in Person)
- PART 1
The Shoot: Begins at 2pm/Ends at 4pm: We'll meetup at Gold Meir Square for Check-in, Introductions & Distribution of “Gold” Badges (so that we can identify each other on the street as part of the shoot).
Review of the Abstractions Shoot
Before starting: a brief but concise summary will be presented that includes tips and tricks for shooting Abstract Art, such as:
--Forget about content and composition!
Leave realism at the door and instead focus and zoom in on the important stuff around you like form, color, line and texture
--Shake things up!
Express and grow your creativity by getting out of your comfort zone! This is the time to allow yourself to see the world through your camera in a totally different light.
Whatever makes you happy. We welcome all avid, enthusiastic photographers, pros and amateurs alike!
- PART 2
Hangout Time from 4pm - 5pm or later: We end our shoot at the iconic, The New York Palace luxury hotel's outdoor cafe located at 455 Madison Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets.
No, you won't go broke, and yes they are quite expensive which is why we'll stop at a nearby deli, shop or cafe to pickup our drinks and snacks and save a bundle.
After the Shoot
Feel free to share by adding your photos to the group site and if you run into any problems with the upload, please contact me and I'll be very glad to help.
You'll be Famous: Our Own Designated Paparazzi
Nevenka Kovacevich and Sahdev Thakur. Nevenka will be shooting a video of us as we capture our abstracts and Sahdev will "photograph the photographers" to share with everyone in the world. Both will be published on the meetup group site and will become an important visual part of our many future event descriptions.
Since it's the rainy season and if it should rain we will meetup on Saturday, June 2nd (all other event details remain the same).
Looking foward to meeting up with you and don't forget to wear your most comfortable shoes -- we'll be doing quite a bit of walking!
Stay focused! Zorka
Published May 1, 2012
Tickets Available/Updated: May 22, 2012