Photography can be used for many documentary purposes: commercial work, reportage, news photography, forensics, capturing a moment in time and more. Photography can also be used for artistic purposes. In documentary, the goal is to create a literal representation of a scene or subject. When the photographer’s intention is art, the goal is to express an artistic vision of a scene or subject.
I use photography to create artistic images and express my vision of the world. The goal of my essays, and by extension of my workshops and other tutorials, is to teach an artistic approach to photography. I do this by using concepts and techniques and by showing how these can be used to create artistic imagery.
Abstractions, the subject of my previous essay series, and now triptychs, the subject of this new series, are two artistic concepts. When you decide to create an abstract image, a triptych or a combination of both, you step away from creating documentary photographs. The outcome is an...