I selected as my professional photographer, Byron Jorjorian, a fine art photographer whom I found while Googling nature photography, more specifically abstract wildflowers.
According to his online biography, Mr. Jorjorian has been a photographer for over 30 years, with images appearing on cards, calendars, posters, and advertising as well as such publications as National Geographic and Outdoor Magazine.
One Photographer: Byron Jorjorian
I was attracted to Mr. Jorjorian’s photography for several reasons, including his beautiful macro flower photography, his wildflower and nature abstracts, and his landscapes. These are all the types of photographs which I enjoy taking. I think there is a lot to learn by looking at his body of work, especially since I see that he has taken photos of landscapes which have caught my eye in the past, but which I have had difficulty executing well. However, for this paper, I’ll focus specifically on his abstract photography, since that is what brought him to my attention in the first place.
Abstract PhotographyWhile working on my photo shoot at Bake Stewart Park, I happened to take an abstract flower photograph during a slight breeze. I loved the effect and would have reworked my final exhibit to focus on abstract, breeze-assisted macro photography if time had allowed. However, playing with this idea just a little bit, I realized it was going to be rather complicated so I quickly shelved the idea as something to play with later, on my own.
|Inspirational abstract by Colette Kimball|
However, I did do a Google image search of abstract wildflower photography, and discovered that while there are tons of images of wildflowers online, there are very few wildflower abstracts. This is how I found Mr. Jorjorian. This breezy photograph by Mr. Jorjorian is somewhat reflective of my original abstract.
|"Abstract grass pattern" by Byron Jorjorian|
His work also inspired me to think about other ways to create nature abstracts, like abstracts created with macro photography, such as this spiky one, which is obviously a plant-based.
|"Abstract closeup of Agave" by Byron Jorjorian|
This image plays on light, perhaps shining through a leaf.
|"Circle of light and iris leaf" by Byron Jorjorian|
Mr. Jorjorian also has some more colorful photography which I I find especially appealing. The colors are bright and pronounced, and are obviously plant-based, but I’m quite sure how he produced the images, I suspect he moved the camera ...
|"Abstract of forest in the fall" by Byron Jorjorian|
|"Tulip Flower Abstract" by Byron Jorjorian|
|"Abstract of a field of flowers" by Byron Jorjorian|
|"Abstract image of tree in the fall" by Byron Jorjorian|
... or changed the focal length as we did in class.
|"Sunlight streaming through Trees and Grass" by Byron Jorjorian|
I also appreciated Mr. Jorjorian’s use of landscapes to create abstracts, such as this field of blue flowers using a striking blue sky to off-set the field:
|"Hillside covered with blue flowers and grass with a blue sky above" by Byron Jorjorian|
this morning shot along a smooth sand dune:
|"Sand Dune silhouette at sunrise" by Byron Jorjorian|
and this sand dune shot which also uses shadows:
|"Undulating and flowing abstract of sand dunes and sky " by Byron Jorjorian|
I also realized that some of my own work (like the “morning light” photograph that is part of the media art student exhibition) might be considered abstract.
|"Morning Light" by Colette Kimball|
Mr. Jorjorian has done similar types of photographs:
|"Maple tree abstract of fall color" by Byron Jorjorian|
|"Abstract reflection of fall foliage in stream" by Byron Jorjorian|
[Now that I have "Design Fundamentals" under my belt -- a class which I should have taken before I took Image Communications -- many of these images have new appeal to me. I can see how the contrast of light/dark, spiky and round shapes, and flow of color lead the eye. I hope to get out my camera again this weekend. It's been a while, and I feel inspired!]