Gravitation toward making images like this is why I think of myself more as a visual composition photographer than a documentary one. I like design elements and surfaces. While many wedding photographers do amazing work, that's not for me. Likewise, I harbor little interest in making standard portraiture or commercial beauty shots. When people ask what kinds of pictures I take the easy response is landscapes, but that's not quite right, either. I do enjoy composing within a grand vista, framing the land in a particular way, but there's more.
Lately I've been attracted to long sweeping exposures and how the light streaks across the picture plane, laying different lines and subtle, shifting forms. Usually macro photography opens up a space to create within a visual framework without the limits of our immediately recognizable surroundings.
One of the reasons why my BFA series was so interesting to work through was because the images kept a shadow of their subject but were not held by the barrier of our daily knowledge. If someone was able to get beyond what they thought they were looking at, then I felt successful. A clear lesson regarding drawing is, if you're sketching an apple turn it upside down so your mind won't try to create it from what you know of the notion Apple. Force yourself to look at the way a line really intersects a space; then you begin to see. I like that.
While the purpose of this project is to keep me shooting on a consistent basis, my initial intention was also to use it as a documentary space, so I will shift back into that mode. Although, my penchant for these pictures may be taken as a document for frame of mind. ;-)
Gear: Nikon D90, Nikkor AFD 50mm f/1.4, SB-600, close-focus filter