Seaside presents a collection of abstract colour photography which follows a set style closely inspired by abstract expressionism and the colour field movement of the 1950’s. The photographs look to explore fragments within the British seaside environment. Exploration of such an environment through strict compositions, bold colours, and vertical lines. The results share a striking similarity to Barnett Newman’s famous zip paintings and this being one of my main inspirations for this project.

The classic feel and look of the British seaside can be attributed to many coastal towns around the country. In my home county of Suffolk we have the noticeable seaside towns of Southwold, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe. Though each town is different, each offers similarities when it comes to what makes a town a British seaside town.

Strong colours and forms are found in all manner of things. From inflatable beach toys, buckets and spades, deck chairs and of course the classic colourful beach hut. Naturally attracted to imperfections, interruptions of form, hints of bold colour against bland settings. I use this as a constant source of inspiration for this collection of abstract colour photography.

The abstract colour photography method

By exploiting specific settings on the camera I look to achieve a distinctive style of abstract colour photography. With the use of a high ISO I am able to capture each image with a considerable amount of grain. The purpose of the grain is to reveal a textured feel to each individual photo. Along with a high ISO setting, the use of a longer exposure is used. The longer exposure helps blend and merge colours. The reason for using a long exposure is to give an overall painterly feel, that feel very similar to brush strokes. The camera is under going a contradiction when it comes to the settings. By pushing up the ISO you naturally force the camera into higher and faster shutter speeds. This is counter balanced by using a ND filter or a collection of filters depending on the situations of the given environment.

The overall goal is to produce a collection of vibrant work which is representative of paintings rather than photography.


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