The story behind the picture.
Illuminating insights that bring symbolism, meaning, and imagination to my abstract photography.
Welcome to Annstracts! As you might have gathered, my name is “Ann,” and I gravitate to taking abstract photos. Hence, the blur between my name and “abstracts.” This is me above, and yes, you can see inside my head. Kidding. Actually, you really wouldn’t want to, let me assure you. It’s a crowded place, but that’s where I spend a lot of time.
As you linger on my website, you will see that all the images here are ones I’ve taken. Well, there are a few images not taken by me, but they are of me. So that’s fair. I gave credit where credit was due. The truth is, I have not grown long enough arms to do a suitable selfie. Nor do I want to grow longer arms. Carrying around loads of camera gear has made them stretch, but not long enough.
My other passion outside of abstract photography is writing. I’ve blended these two loves into one project. I aim to provide positive insights, uplifting ideas, and hopefully stir your imagination. Sometimes I explain what the funny story was while I was taking a photo. Other times, I am hit with some insight about life, the universe, and everything (one of my favorite books, btw) after I get to review the photo. I’d like to believe there are a few of you out there that would love to look at a photo beyond just a cursory glance and feel something. I hope you’re the ones who will sign up for my regular photo posts and blog.
The magic of wonder.
As an abstract photo artist, I look for beauty and meaning in what might go unnoticed. My photo art prints 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.
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 photo wall art and uplifting observations.
I hope you enjoy the story behind the picture and that it offers you a unique perception of what I see. I’d love to have you as part of my community by signing up below to be the first to know of new pictures.
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