Like many who find themselves striving to capture the spirit of nature, I came from many years just being out and about, experiencing it in the moment and not recording it. But eventually you pick up a camera and start to learn if you can take that fleeting emotion and sensory mix back with you. I had an artistic vision yet I found it frustrating that conventional landscape photography could be limiting in many situations.
I began looking at non photographic art more and more and was drawn to the emotive impressionism of contemporary abstract landscape painters. Artists such as Ellis O'Connor and Elaine Jones in particular. I have since been influenced by more abstract photographers such as Susan Derges, Valda Bailey, Doug Chinnery, Paul Kelly and Bruce Percy. Many use abstraction to simplify and capture a more intimate and targeted aspect of nature.
The desire to articulate the raw emotion of nature, through abstracted shape, colour tone and texture is still the joy and as long as that is the driver all methods are open; photography, in camera techniques, additional blending of shape, colour and texture through digital and application of paint and other mediums. There is no right and wrong, rules are guides not absolutes.
“If I choose abstraction over reality, it is because I consider it the lesser chaos.” – Robert Brault