Abstractions

Every image is an abstraction, of course, no matter how representational its content, and regardless of the medium. On this page, however, I will be posting images that are “pictures of nothing”; that is the name of the (posthumously published) book by the late Kirk Varnedoe on American non-objective art in the second half of the 20th century. (If you haven’t read the book, do so. Now.) The term is from an 1816 essay on the English painter J.M.W. Turner by the writer and critic William Hazlitt, who mentions “the remark of a dyspeptic viewer about one such [Turner] work: ‘Pictures of nothing,’ the viewer harrumphed, ‘and very like.'” (reference)

So here are some of my little camera’s takes on all that. And please don’t be dyspeptic.

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