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Abstraction 17 by JaredPLNormand Abstraction 17 by JaredPLNormand
Abstraction #17 is one of the first of many to come. I believe I've found my niche in photography. While I enjoy architectural photography, I much prefer shooting and printing these photos. They combine my interest in music, motion, and American Abstract Expressionists.

My colleagues often ask about my process, so I'll explain it here (though it sounds silly to me):
I search out a location with plenty of clustered lights; stadium, parking lots, florescent grids, etc.
Judging from the type of environment, I determine the appropriate distance from the light source and the music I'll listen to while photographing.
Focus and meter reading on the lights.
Now the silly part, I dance. I grab the camera and dance it in front of the light for as long as I feel is necessary; two seconds or two minutes also depending on the environment.
After the shoot, I develop the film and print with contrast control techniques on warm tone gelatin silver paper.

I'm not sure why but everyone I explain that to wants to either photograph or videotape my shoots. I'm a little nervous about complying because I don't want the art to become performance. I don't want it to become a record of anything either. I prefer it remain fine art photography. I want the viewer to appreciate it as beauty and allow it to speak for itself. Now, I'm second guessing whether I should submit all this writing.

This photograph is actually a 4x5 paper negative using the warm tone gelatin silver paper in place of a negative. It is mounted on white museum board.
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Althiena Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is awesome!
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JaredPLNormand Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Your icon suits your comment relative to this artwork. ROCK ON, KITTY!
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Althiena Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hahahaha. Yeah, but I've never thought of it that way.
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lomatic Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
great!
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RailBiker Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Great image--a lot of movement--speed !
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crazyruthie Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
wonderful! and the description is the best! :)
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JaredPLNormand Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thank you!
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crazyruthie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
my pleasure!
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cimpansen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry for the double (triple) post - Thought I'd made a mistake. Kim
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cimpansen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Poetic and heavy graphic qualities at the same time. Great work with line and movement. Lots of music here :-) Best, Kim
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cimpansen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Poetic despise the graphic qualities. Nice line and movement. Best, Kim
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AannNdddDI Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Artist
The behind the scenes story made me laugh, but in a good way. Sometimes all silliness can create amazing things, excuisite compositions, what even old japanese ink painters would love:D
For me this seems like hair and metal chains all in one. It's so clean, so vivid and so elegantly made.
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JaredPLNormand Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
. . . yet primitive, raw, and natural I think. I love hearing what other people think about them. Everyone's perception is different.
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worldcollecter Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Featured here--> [link] and here: [link]
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JaredPLNormand Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Thanks allot! I'm glad my abstractions still hold interest lol
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worldcollecter Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Well at least mine :lol:
No, i really like them! Its just that, i think abstract works are much underappreciated here!
I really enjoy your works! :+devwatch:
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JaredPLNormand Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Thanks! I agree, too much muck on dA.
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Markus43 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
good work Jared...

technique over results...never
but technique has always played an important roll

and yes...a journalistic vid with process and resulting work would be really cool...maybe with the music in your head
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JaredPLNormand Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
I tried shooting one last summer but I forgot to remove my Mamiya's lens cap for the better of the two video shoots. So we used the better video with the images from the worse video's shoot. So the actions I use don't match the images but you can't tell. We synced up the music I danced to; Rage Against the Machine's remake of "Street Fighting Man". It timed up with credits and intro perfectly then cut to the chorus just as I made my last exposure. So I spliced in the last cord after the first recitation of "street fighting man" so that it closed out well. Low quality and composed on ivideo.

I need someone to come out for a few shoots with different shots and angles but all the same song. It could be an awesome undertaking especially with the complications of syncing music across different locations and shoots.

Did the results from the Abstract--Reality Black and White Vision contest reach you yet?
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Markus43 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The voting end the 20th.
The video sounds intriguing.
I have recently acquired a newer PC and am in the middle of reviewing some software for video creation. Mostly for the business side of this journey.
Good stuff. Started creating vids about 5 years ago...this will definately be a step up in work flow capabilities.
Too bad I'm not closer to where you are...that would be an excellent project.
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JaredPLNormand Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Maybe I can drive out there this fall. I'm looking at an item on ebay that's "pick up only" because it's too big to ship. Maybe we can meet up if it cycles out a few more times until I start getting pay checks from teaching.
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Markus43 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be very cool.
My vid cam is ok...but currently looking for a low profile (sammler) HD.
Much of what I want to do would be to the events I shoot...just to bring a bit of movement to the work.
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JaredPLNormand Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Let me know when you get that and I'll let you know how things go with that printer and possibility to make a trip.
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Markus43 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
alrighty!
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Phaedrus-42 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
this is awesome :clap:

and your technique sounds really interesting... understand you not wanting you shoots to be filmed or photographed, but I would surely like to see them. I am very much interested by your unusual methodology
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JaredPLNormand Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
I'm opening up to it now in the tradition of performance art and efforts for intermediating visual and performance art. I just need the right videographer behind the camera and mixing the final product.
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Phaedrus-42 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, I understand that :nod: ...

keep at it :thumbsup:
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twilo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008   Photographer
So beautiful!
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scastor Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
Superb. Truly creative and beautiful art.
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JaredPLNormand Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
My vocabulary is incapable of expressing how grateful I am for your comment. It is the first I've received from my recent submissions. I was very nervous about public receptions of my work. Thank you for your support
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scastor Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
You´re welcome, man :thumbsup:
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