In November, Andreas Gursky’s photograph, Rhine II, became the first photograph to be sold at auction for over $4 million. This fact showed up all over the photography blogs and Twitter feeds. As a photographer, I am gratified that my art form continues to be recognized and lauded by the art world with big dollars and the accompanying recognition.
But it was the image itself that struck a chord with me. There was something about the way Gursky abstracted nature; the way he created an image of great power within a minimalist framework. The alternating horizontal bands of color and non-color; the texture of the grass, the water, the barely-there clouds.
I started noticing the beauty of horizontal bands in the works of others and found myself intrigued by this composition. It stayed there in the back of my mind, quietly whispering to me, tugging at my thoughts.
The holidays came and went. Winter arrived.
And then the day came when I answered the call. To head away from downtown and urban subjects. To seek out vistas where I could experiment with my own interpretation of Gursky’s composition.
For me, this is the first time a photographic series was created with intention. Where I went out shooting with a specific idea in mind; a tribute to a particular image and artist. One that was completely different from what I normally shoot – in terms of subject and composition. There I was, in my boots, stomping through mud or snow, into fields of shorn corn stalks.
It was so much fun.
So, welcome to my new series “Horizontal Bands”. In tribute to Gursky and his millions.
And in the spirit of my word for 2012: EXPLORE.