Cultivating a sense of wonder
for more fulfillment.
“Photography makes one conscious of beauty everywhere, even in the simplest things, even in what is often considered commonplace or ugly. Yet nothing is really ‘ordinary’, for every fragment of the world is crowned with wonder and mystery, and a great and surprising beauty.”Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1978. “Alvin Langdon Coburn, Photographer: An Autobiography with Over 70 Reproductions of His Works”, p. 80, Courier Corporation. Coburn began taking disorienting photos in 1917 and is considered the father of abstract photography.
As an abstract photo artist, I look for beauty and meaning in what might go unnoticed. My images are typically close-up, isolated photography, allowing for the discovery of symbolism.
The more I looked for subjects and practiced photographing them, the more I experienced moments of wonder. And much later, I would use those photos to prompt my writing.
The same feelings I had when I took the pictures, grew exponentially. I entered the state of flow, and so many times felt like there was some invisible force guiding me. That force, I realized, cultivated a sense of wonder within me that had been absent for a long time.
I recognized that I was a part of a great force at work and felt more grounded. By appreciating the ordinary things, my gratitude increased, my stress decreased, and I felt purpose.
Many of the abstract photo images and stories behind them live in the “Shop” section of this site. I also invite you to view more of my sense of wonder pictures from my latest project below.
This collection represents my creative time during the COVID-19 pandemic, trying to balance the confusion of messages from the media with my need to find some peace and calm in the midst of the storm.
“Let’s Stay Home” Collection
I hope you enjoy this escape from reality and that it offers you a unique perception of things you might have taken for granted. I’d love to have you as part of my community by signing up for my blog. As I rotate new abstract photo collections in or publish a blog post, you’ll be the first to be notified.