Most of the arts have been doing a lot of "abstract" work for a long time. It has taken a bit longer for Photography, as one of the arts, to be driven to abstraction. But we're now there, so lets enjoy it, and stop worrying about the costs of therapy.
PAG has a large number of photographers and digital artists who do stunning abstract work. Lets exhibit our best for this PAG show. Among the types of work that we (Steve Schlesinger is co-coordinator) would REALLY like to see are two:
(1) "Straight" photographs of ordinary, every day objects or scenes which focus on details, resulting in abstract images. The most interesting, to me, are ones where you can't tell what you're viewing. And when you find out, its startling.
(2) Photographs that are subject to modifications and adjustments ("manipulation" is of course strictly prohibited... smiley face)) using your favorite photo editing tools, again to the point where the colors, shapes, and lines dominate, and we have fun guessing about the original capture.
The difference between #1 and #2, of course, is that #1 has little or no post capture editing; while #2 has a lot. Which is not to say that we will only accept unrecognizable images. Interesting textures on walls, for example, can be abstract AND recognizable (as a wall). We do request that all entries be based on a photographic capture.
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