Gay Abarbanell

Nature is full of magical abstracts, capturing that essential magic excites me and keeps me walking through the world, camera in hand.

Line, color, shape expand the fun as I try to find new ways to express that excitement. I particularly enjoy ‘abstracting’ the vision. Sometimes I do it subtly, as by softening an image, at other times by capturing a small part of a whole or by adding motion. I most enjoy finding the actual abstracts ‘live’ in the world I see.

My artist father taught me darkroom techniques from a ‘footlocker’ as we traveled by ship from Guam to the US, I was 9. This started me on my journey as a photographer and since then I have studied with contemporary professionals such as George Lepp, DeWitt Jones and Zygmund Zee.

During the intervening years I progressed from my “Brownie” camera and film to pro Canon equipment and ultimately to digital. I love digital for the many conveniences it offers and the many things we can do with such ease.

I have also explored poetry writing, watercolor and fabric painting, ceramics, sculptures and other three dimensional work from various materials. I found each provided another avenue for self-expression and fun. They give me new techniques to incorporate into my photography as well.

My work has been selected for numerous shows as well as many editions of Yosemite Sierra Visitors Guide.

Though I still strive to capture the image and produce the picture ‘as I saw it’. I have recently had fun ‘modifying’ images. These “Digital Photo Paintings” have given me another path for my ‘Creativity Unlimited’.


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