So in the last few days, I’ve managed to get my hands on Charlotte Cotton’s latest book Photography is Magic (published by Aperture). After much success of Cotton’s original book The Photograph as Contemporary Art, it was an exciting to see that she had taken a leap into the world of photography abstraction. My first impressions of this photography book, was simply ‘abstract on acid’. I do mean this in quite a positive light, as these photography artists that Cotton has featured, are well advanced at literally thinking way out-of-the-box in terms of executing their works.
I found a small portion of works that I absolutely loved. Give me the winning lottery ticket any day, and I would easily find several artists to help furnish any future palace of mine, as such. Such artists that shine for me artfully are, Jessica Eaton, Amir Zaki, Artie Vierkant, Taisuke Koyama and Hannah Whitaker. In my opinion, this book would certainly be a great source for any present or future student photographers, to show the vast and many directions that photography is heading now, and into the future, especially with digital. Overall it is a very heavy and decently sized book for its 380 pages, including an essay by Cotton. This publication would be most valued in any photography book collection.
If I had to ask myself, whether one day, I could find my abstraction photography in such a book like this? And truthfully, I would say it would be a great aim. When I finally find my energy again, I certainly have a vast amount photography work ahead of me, to explore, develop and execute within my subject of abstraction.
Well, Easter is just around the corner… For any budding artists out there, hope it’s a sound chance to catch up on some artwork. And for the others of you, I hope you have a safe and happy Easter.
Warmest wishes to you all! Cheers, Victoria