The IACC Abstract Special Interest Group (SIG) meets about once a month during the Club year (September to May), most often on the first Wednesday of the month. Typically, for each meeting, each SIG member brings digital images, which form the basis of a critique and discussion session. Time also will be allocated to share technical knowledge and skills, and to socialize.
Meetings: September 2019 to June 2020
(Wednesdays 7 to 9:30 p.m.)
"Abstract photography is both like and unlike other forms of abstract art. Like all forms of abstract art, it attempts to reach beyond content and technique. Instead, abstraction emphasizes effect through compositions of shapes, spaces, lines, colours, textures and tones.
"In most forms of abstract art, abstraction is created without reference to external reality. A painter may work with blobs, slashes, splashes and areas of paint; a sculptor can create shapes and tones based purely on material. In contrast, in abstract photography we most often work by 'abstracting' our compositions from external reality. We seek to find, isolate, and emphasize our vision through recognizable photographic approaches. Pattern, texture, shape, line, colour, and so on, is emphasized by familiar skills, such as control of framing, tonality, sharpness, and contrast. Unlike most other works of abstract art, much abstract photography is extremely technical, and often merges abstraction with hyper-realism."
(Ron Ross, former SIG Chair, 2015)