High Voltage Panda

High Voltage Panda

“Does Any Abstract Art Exist?

Another challenge to defining the nature of abstract photography is that there are some who question whether any art can be abstract. The artist Jean Dubuffet said, “There is no such thing as abstract art, or else all art is abstract, which amounts to the same thing.” But what Dubuffet perhaps failed to consider is what scientists call Domain Specificity. A person’s “domain” consists of their entire universe of understanding at a given moment. Our domains are informed by our experiences, our educations, our jobs, our upbringing and every cognitive phenomenon we ever experience.

Depending on a person’s domain, specificities can evoke generalities, or generalities can evoke specificities. Something concrete can seem abstract, or something abstract can seem concrete. A blue line can just be a blue line, or it can refer to all lines, or everything blue. A bookkeeper may look at a photograph of a pear and think only about what a lovely pear it is. A farmer may look at that same photograph of a pear and because of domain specificity draw larger generalizations about fruit trees, the smell of young blossoms, seasons, the connection between humans and nature, the ephemeral nature of food and subsequently of all life. To that farmer, the pear is an abstraction because of the larger generalization it represents and the undefined feelings it awakens. (“Defining Abstract Photography“)”

And because on December 10th 2017 I had enough of my own project and all these rules and definitions I did read over the last months, that didn’t convince me I only took one picture on that day and it was not abstract at all. Or it was, if we believe Jean Dubuffet. And because I didn’t know if I wanted to stop the project, or if I wanted to change it, or if I wanted to do something new, I took a picture taken on December 10th 2007 and posted “High Voltage Panda“. And for that reason I will need a new picture 365 days later.