Abstract & Montage Gallery


ab·stract [ab-strakt]

of or pertaining to the formal aspect of art, emphasizing lines, colors, generalized or geometrical forms, etc., esp. with reference to their relationship to one another.

mon·tage[mon-tahzh]

the technique of combining in a single composition pictorial elements from various sources, as parts of different photographs or fragments of printing, either to give the illusion that the elements belonged together originally or to allow each element to retain its separate identity as a means of adding interest or meaning to the composition.

 

I recently began adding some new pathways to my photography. I enjoy working with colors, shapes, and textures, so it was natural to explore abstract and montage photography. Composite and double exposure techniques also fit into this technique group. The images in this gallery were created by many different methods, but all on the iPhone. My focus has always been on shaping a photograph to what I want, not on what a particular app can do. I generally make many, very small changes to a photo, slowly molding it into what I envision. To me, it’s very much like composing music. Take something simple and sculpt it to creation.

Working with different types of paper in my darkroom has always interested me. For making prints, cotton, linen, and parchment contribute a fresh look to photographs. One of the great things that digital media allows, is the addition of these textures directly into the photograph, perfect for display on media other than print.

-Norm Zarr



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