First Degree of Abstraction

Straigth Lines

Abstraction in photography is controversial. The Oxford Dictionary defines “abstract” as something existing in thought but not having a physical or concrete existence. However, photography fundamentally records light which is indeed very real. Pure photographic abstraction is, therefore, rather impossible and already Ansel Adams referred to his abstract work as extraction (from reality).

The images in this collection use straight lines and a peculiar composition to reproduce surprising configurations that may be considered a first step toward abstraction, exploring the first degree of abstraction.

"I prefer the term extract over abstract, since I cannot change the optical realities, but only manage them in relation to themselves and the format."   Ansel Adams

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