Michael Amrose /Abstract Photography
Introduction. Abstract photography affords me unlimited possibilities to experiment and to explore new ideas and concepts. As such, I am able to express myself through a unique language where the vocabulary has deep, cultural and emotional connections that resonate with the viewer.
I use unconventional subjects and unorthodox photographic techniques including movement of the subjects and/or the camera. By representing the passing of time, motion alters subjects' tones, shapes, space and forms. I lay colors and shapes on my camera's sensor much like a painter lays paint on a canvas resulting in images that are uniquely cutting edge and intensely emotional. The galleries below represent an emotional expression of my ideas.
In Quotidian I, I explore the vernacular of everyday objects. I was interested in curtains because of their fluidity and texture, and because I was photographing light directly through the curtains, not from its reflection. Moving the camera, the curtains or both, I was able to create a new vision of curtains from what was once unnoticed, unremarkable and mundane to what is unique and abstract.
Quotidian II uses the same process as the Quotidian I, but with more movement. As a result, tension created by motion in the areas of color that overlap and interact are either alleviated or intensified. The color field images that resulted possess many strong connections that resonate emotionally.
In Evolution, the same process is used except for the addition of a collage of varying colors and shapes representing ubiquitous elements of our visual language. Motion transforms these elements making way for a new vocabulary and an evolved visual language. Change (motion) over time presents a metaphor of evolution.
In Being Human—a state of existing, conscious existence, personality— I photographed a red square on a white background. The psychological meaning of color and shape play an important part in conveying the red square's emotional impact and in defining its nature. As the shapes, tones and lines of the red square change from image to image, powerful emotions and a multitude of interpretations are created.
Street Art began on a beautiful parkway covered with tar used to repair cracks in the asphalt. I was interested in the artistic elements of the tar markings that reminded me of cave paintings. I photographed what seemed to be primitive art — animals, people, battles, weapons and more. Were the worker’s results serendipitous? I decided to capture the creations of city workers as an unbeknownst collaborator.
Promordial Project. The subject: Painted geometric and irregular shapes behind glass. The primary elements: Form, and color—mainly red, yellow and orange hues. Light reflected off the glass uniquely complements the photograph’s depth, and form. Together, the subject, primary elements, and light combine to present a primordial aesthetic depicting the affect of “beginnings.”
“The goal of abstract art is to communicate the intangible, that which eludes the photograph and normal seeing.” – Curtis Verdun