Earlier this year Facebook shared with me a memory from 2013 but it started me thinking about something they never expected. The memory Facebook told me about included one of my favorite photos of our daughter and her husband.
My wife and I were visiting them in Southern California and while we were there, we spent a couple of days at the Capistrano SurfSide Inn. During our stay, I saw a light fixture in the hallway on our floor. Getting up close I isolated a number of different patterns within the whole making for some intriguing images. It was my first experience with abstract photography and I didn't even realize it until later.
GuruShots held an online challenge for Abstract Photography in July 2015. I had already entered ten other challenges on their site and almost passed on the abstract one because I didn't think there were any photos in my portfolio that would meet the criteria. Something prompted me to review the images from the 2013 vacation and that started an amazing chain reaction.
My entries, two selections of the wall sconce plus two other images I thought might be considered abstract, began getting votes...lots of votes. These challenges were voted on by other photographers in the contest and there were over 1,660 of them. At the end of the 20 day voting period, my collection was ranked 9th. I was stunned.
Over time I reflected on the whole process from image capture to 9th place finish and I realized a very amazing thing. The process of taking high quality abstract images came as naturally as breathing. Since then, that's been a major focus of my photographic endeavors and I never get tired of looking for the abstract in everyday life.
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