Words and photography by David Morel

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Nashville City Hall, 100 Metro Courthouse

When asked to shoot for the series “Nashville Abstracts,” the first thing I wanted to do was to review my images that I would call “abstract photography.” What makes photography abstract? Well, there are more variations of abstract photography than ways tourists pronounce Demonbreun. Generally, it is photography that does not represent the subject in a literal way, relying on form and tones to communicate with the viewer.

Bank of America, 414 Union Street

Bank of America, 414 Union Street

In recent years, abstracts have become a larger percentage of the images I shoot. Some are classical abstractions, capturing a smaller part of the whole, while others were more manufactured via technique, both in camera and in post processing. Most of the images have a remnant of reality—enough to hint of their origins. The strongest ones had the power to whisper a different reality in a language known only to the viewer.

St. Thomas Midtown – Parking Deck, 2000 Church Street

St. Thomas Midtown – Parking Deck, 2000 Church Street

Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Boulevard

Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Boulevard

I am definitely drawn to strong lines and patterns in my abstracts. They attract my eye and ask to be captured. This series, images from around our city, was no different. Sometimes the image would come easily, but often I had to work to find the right light, angle, or composition that fulfilled my vision.

AT&T Building, 333 Commerce Street

AT&T Building, 333 Commerce Street

Country Delight Farms, 1401 Church Street

Country Delight Farms, 1401 Church Street

 

For more information about David Morel, please visit www.davidmorelphoto.com.

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