The title above seems like an oxymoron. How can something be abstract and real at the same time. This post is about solving that contradiction and my fascination with the very idea.
My primary project for 2020 is to learn more about me as a creative person. I will proudly admit that in many areas I think of myself as a creative person. But there is no conceivable point where I will ever have enough creativity. To that end, I am branching out to Abstract Realism. So, let me get down to what my version of that looks like.
Realism, at least for this post is seeing things as they are. But anyone who has taken even a cursory look at psychology knows that in itself is a very subjective thing. It seems that all of us lose contact with realism as time goes by. What our mind tells us was real about distant things is often not real at all. So, you could say that all of us are abstract realists. 😂 I’m certain I am that I remember things in my past that actually never happened, or at least were quite different from what I remember.
The abstract part is where many of us get lost. We say “I just don’t get it?”. Most often that is said after we our creativity has been squashed by one thing or another. For me, it was my engineering education fifty years ago. It was thoroughly ground into me that if it isn’t real then it is fake. Even after all these years I still can’t say I get it. That’s where abstract realism comes in for me personally.
I can put a “personal” spin on my photo portfolio by putting a touch of abstraction on them. If a photo stirs up a particular mood then I concentrate on highlighting that mood. Sometimes it is just taking the edge off reality, sometimes it is almost obliterating it. 😊
Sometime this year I will be bringing up a new website entitled “MyViewOfTheWorld”. It will have an artsy theme from beginning to end. Abstract Realism using my photo portfolio will be an important part of this new site. But, it will also include two other basic themes which I will get into next Saturday. I can’t spill all the beans in one post…. 🙃