My relationship with photography, with the light, is the same as that of a painter with her paints and canvas.

I’ve always wanted to be an artist, a painter like my mother and I have been learning for some years now, alongside my photographic journey.

This long held love of art and paint, since childhood, is my main source of inspiration for my photography.

The second of my two Summer Collections of prints, Summer Fields, like my other abstract landscape work, is inspired by the vibrant tones of Fauvism ….. (below, Matisse, Les Toits)

and the Colour Field painter Mark Rothko (below)  …..

and more recently the blurred paintings of Gerhard Richter ….. (image below from 1stdibs)

and Uta Barth’s photographs …. (Image from Radius Books)

I search for naturally occurring blocks of colour and create a blurred image with my camera, using different techniques, devoid of reference, free from any direct associations.

This new collection of prints, Summer Fields, was shot and created in the fields around my village in the French countryside, near Paris.

Here is one of the Summer wheat fields where I walk with my dog, Tess.

Through the editing process I can adjust colour, tones, highlights or lowlights, just as a painter can add or scrape away paint.

I’m often asked whether these abstract images are photoshoped, because people are surprised by the colours. What they are really asking is whether my images represent reality or whether they are completely contrived with digital tricks.

Why this matters, I’m not sure. Afterall, you either like the image or not.

However, I did not use Photoshop for these images. I’m completely useless with PS.

These images are created with Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) and a slow speed. For this image I used ¼ of a second at F 16.

When I open a file like this on my computer, the image is white. Pure light.

This image is of a cereal crop in early Summer, when it was still this luxuriant green.

I only adjust exposure, contrast and occasionally saturation with the Lightroom catalogue and editing program.

The ICM technique doesn’t always work. Sometimes the file is blank, sometimes there are just a few grey lines …… It all depends on the light.

So, when I come home with a series of these abstracts in my camera, I never know what I have captured until I reveal the image on my computer, much like the developing process of film photography. The unpredictability of this method, the delayed satisfaction or disappointment, is one of the reasons I enjoy creating in this way.

If you would like to have one of these calm and contemplative images in your own home, click on any one and it will open my shop page.

The prints are available in three sizes, for different budgets, and are mounted and ready to frame. I personally supervise the printing and delivery to your home, anywhere in the world.

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Henrie xo.

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