DESIGNING THROUGH A LENS:
As a life-long designer and art director, I intuitively view subject matter in two dimensions. "Reducing" matter into shapes, textures, colors, and eliminating all forms of distractions, is how I see my environment.
Abstract photography differs from more literal photography as the former suggests a story; the latter tells a story. Perhaps it requires more attention of the viewer, and a degree more imagination.
Reducing the number of elements in a composition is not a simpler form of the art. Other components of the design adopt more demanding roles. Negative space and framing become critical; each color, each shape and line, has an exacting purpose.
Regardless of content: An iconic orange dune of Namibia, a road's subtle curve, a vaulted ceiling; the great majority of my images reflect how I interpret what I inherently see.
-Dennis Barnett, May 2018
Dennis Barnett is an instructor of photography at the Highland Park Art Center in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, where he teaches Composition and Abstract Photography.
He is also available for private instruction. Please contact him for additional information and availability.
All images on this site are for sale, copyright 2018 Dennis Barnett Photography.