Some of the negatives in my bridge series fall into the abstract. Oftentimes we use the term “abstract” to indicate a situation where we do not recognize the subject of the image. I am thinking more along the lines of, “of or pertaining to the formal aspect of art, emphasizing lines, colors, generalized or geometrical forms, etc., especially with reference to their relationship to one another.” (from Dictionary.com)
This definition works with the idea that the image has become something beyond the substance that forms the image. In this case I stop thinking in terms of “this is a picture of a bridge” and fall into the mixture of lines, forms, and light, moving throughout the frame examining how each of these elements work with one another.
There are so many elements in this image that I get lost in my exploration. The pieces work together because the structure works together, and I see how each form fits with the others. When done, I step back and notice that it is a picture of a bridge.