In my early years of photography I would read a lot of books and magazines about the subject but I really did not venture into other types of photography such as trick photography, abstract, use of filters etc.
One day in 1982 I was on location along the Des Plains river photographing a young woman. At one point during a break I was looking at different areas of the river with camera in hand. I saw these tree branches sticking out of the smooth water and at first glance I did not think much of it.
Then I pointed the camera lens towards them and I saw something in a new light. At that moment I took the photo. Still, I did not really think much of the photograph as I only took the one picture. It was not until I had the film developed that I realized I had taken (what I consider to be) an interesting photo.
This is my first abstract photo. I enjoyed it so much I even had it enlarged and framed. To this day, when I look at this image it makes me calm. I can stare at it and contemplate on any number of things and I feel good.
Abstract photography may not get the same reaction or comments from others but remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I used to have this picture hanging in my office, it was interesting watching others look at the photo and then move closer to get a better look.
My suggestion to you is to take your camera and look at different things from time to time. If something catches your eye, take the picture, you might enjoy it more than you think.
Enjoy Life, Take Pictures!
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