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Cultivating a sense of wonder for more fulfillment.

How abstract photography art helped me find my sense of awe.

“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.”

My favorite inspirational quote from 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 photo art.
An abstract ocean sunset from the “Vitamin Sea – Ocean Inspiration” collection, an abstract wall art piece titled “Freedom from Desire.”

The magic of wonder.

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. For instance, on the promenade by the ocean at Pacific Beach, I saw a performing artist creating huge soap bubbles. I chased their moving shapes with my camera and captured just a cross-section of three of them drifting before popping in a splatter. By focusing my photo on a small area, you may naturally wonder, without the backstory, what is that? The colors are bright and vivid, there are definite shapes, but the rest of the scene is absent. You are free to decide what the experience will be for you. For me, I saw a child’s Enthusiasm in this piece of abstract photo art.

What captures the childlike spirit better than the magic of soap bubbles shifting from iridescent spheres to cylinders, flirting with our imaginations for a few seconds? Wall art decor from Dream Interpretations: Abstracts titled “Enthusiasm.”

The benefit of wonder.

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. For me, writing is such a therapy. Plus, I am able to share my inner thoughts with you.

As I wrote, the same feelings I had when I took the pictures grew stronger. 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. As I continued, I felt vibrant and more on track with my purpose in life.

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 in life. If you’d like to learn more about how I improved my sense of awe, take a look at About the Artist.

Abstract photography art and uplifting observations.

More 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.

The “Let’s Stay Home” 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. As you look through the images, I also give you some insights from when I took them, or how I interpreted them afterward.

“Let’s Stay Home” Collection

“Stay at Home Command” — At the start of COVID-19, I began to notice subtle light changes in my bedroom and how the shadows moved along the wall. This catrina dog and its shadow were so interesting to me. I spent two weeks working on photographing this subject. This image, in particular, with alternating bars of dark and light, hints of a prison cell. The image of a leash symbolically portrays the feeling of being kept under command. We all went through moments of hope and fear, and the stark black and white juxtaposed with a splash of color mimic those feelings.

As we all came to grips that a tiny micro-organism had control over our lives and required us to stay distant, I used the time to flex my creativity. Photography is, fortunately, something that I can practice anywhere. All of these images are subjects either in or around my home. From noticing light and shadow in my bedroom to blooms of springtime, to weeds on a walk, and sprinkler water drops on fallen leaves, this collection sums up my time staying at home.

The wording of "stay at home order" seems so militant, I decided to lighten up the tone for my sanity to "let's stay home" which gives a positive spin to a challenging situation. We all have a choice. I decided to put aside fear and focus on the moment in front of me with purpose. As I put the collection together, I realized that the images at the beginning of COVID-19 are much darker than the later photos, much like my moods changed as I adapted to the situation.

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.