(Prev. Abstract Landscape)
This body of work was intended as an experiment with uncontrolled photography, welcoming the unexpected and accidents. I was more concerned about the visual perception than conceptual meaning. I wanted to present an impressive diversity in color and mood, inviting geometry, symmetry, shapes and lines into the frame while still maintaining a formal connection between the images. A pleasant journey that blurs the boundaries between photography and painting. Bright, strong and emotional.
It is an ongoing series inspired by an artist Andreas Gursky, especially his photograph Rhein II and an abstract expressionist painter known for his color field paintings, Mark Rothko.
In 2016 selected images from this series were awarded by International Photography Awards, held in Los Angeles, with an Honorable Mention Award in Fine Arts- Abstract category and an Honorable Mention in Fine Art- Landscape.
This prestigious worldwide photography competition has received 17,027 submissions from 162 countries.
The judging panel included: David Clarke (Head of Photography at Tate Museum), Amy Salzman (Senior Art Producer Saatchi & Saatchi NY), Ashley Givens (Victoria and Albert Museum), Bryan Yedinak (Modernbook Gallery), Caroline Metcalfe (Director of Photography Conde Nast Traveller), Catherine Edelman (Catherine Edelman Gallery), Cheryl Newman (Photography Director at Telegraph Magazine),James Reid (Wallpaper Magazine), Julie Castellano (Edwynn Hall Gallery), Karra Rees (Centre for Contemporary Photography), Ken Geiger (Managing Photo Editor at National Geographic), Kristina Hicks (Saatchi + Saatchi), Leah Mitchel (Head of Art Buying, Leo Burnett Agency), Lesley Martin ( Aperture Foundation), Michael Pritchard (Director, The Royal Photographic Society), Michiel Munneke (Managing Director at World Press Photo), Paul Moakley (Photo Editor at Time Magazine), Phil Commes (Picture Editor at BBC), Steven Brown (Photography Critic at Harvard University), Susan Zadeh (Founder of Eyemazing), Tiffany Sprague (Director of Publications and Editorial Services at Yale University Art Gallery) among many others.
Earlier that year, it was a awarded with yet another Honorable Mention Award at prestigious Prix de la Photographie Awards Paris.
The competition received entries from 98 countries from around the world and was judged by the following body: Carol Johnson (Curator of Photography of Library of Congress, Washington D.C.); Gilles Raynaldy (Director of Purpose, Paris); Viviene Esders (Expert près la Cour d'Appel de Paris); Mark Heflin (Director of American Illustration + American Photography, New York); Sara Rumens (Lifestyle Photo Editor of Grazia Magazine, London); Françoise Paviot (Director of Galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris); Christine Ollier, (Art Director of Filles du Calvaire, Paris); Natalie Johnson (Features Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine, London); Natalie Belayche (Director of Visual Delight, Paris); Kenan Aktulun (VP/Creative Director of Digitas, New York); Chiara Mariani (Photo Editor of Corriere Della Sera Magazine, Italy); Arnaud Adida (Director of Acte 2 Gallery/Agency, Paris); Jeannette Mariani (Director of 13 Sévigné Gallery, Paris); Bernard Utudjian (Director of Galerie Polaris, Paris); Agnès Voltz (Director of Chambre Avec Vues, Paris); and Alice Gabriner (World Picture Editor of Time Magazine, New York).
This series is a limited edition of 2 Artist Proofs and 10 prints 25cm x25cm. More info coming soon.