Author/Artist Name

Jayson ColeyFollow



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Date of Creation

Spring 4-25-2024

Artist Statement

In my exploration of abstract and portrait photography, I aim to transcend the confines of traditional visual representation, delving into the realm of the intangible and the unseen. Through a careful interplay of light, shadow, form, and color, I strive to capture the essence of emotions, concepts, and fleeting moments that elude direct description.

Abstract photography allows me to break free from the constraints of literal interpretation, inviting viewers to embark on a journey of subjective interpretation and personal connection. By distilling the familiar into the unfamiliar, I create compositions that challenge preconceived notions and encourage a contemplative engagement with the visual experience.

Through the lens, I seek to capture the hidden beauty within the ordinary, transforming the mundane into the extraordinary. Each photograph becomes a visual poem, inviting viewers to embrace ambiguity and find their own narratives within the abstract forms and textures.

In embracing abstraction, I aim to evoke a sense of curiosity, inviting viewers to explore beyond the surface and engage with the layers of meaning embedded in each image. Through this dialogue between the concrete and the abstract, my work becomes a celebration of the infinite possibilities that lie within the language of form, inviting viewers to perceive the world through a new lens and discover the beauty in the ever-shifting patterns of light and shadow.

Some of my influence comes from a photographer on Instagram “moniqueyvonn”. A lot of her photos consist of vibrant lighting and abstraction. What inspires me most about her work is the creative work and ideas behind it. I find it truly amazing how she separates the lighting, if she uses more than 2, and the textures it brings within the photos. Ways I try to implement that into my photography is by way of location in the light source or the position of focus on the subject

(photo with suit and tie). I feed on content from creators scrolling through social media. One in particular has a good sense of video quality, different framework, lighting, and audio selection. His name is Deveja Webb, known as _djuice on Instagram. The inspiration from him is use of a strong focus. You’ll see this in most of my black and white abstract photography.


Mike Martin, Cintia Segovia


6 photographs (matte paper) 17x 25

2 minute video 1920 x 1080

The artistic intent of the work is in a portraying vision. I show my thoughts of shapes and patterns that form textures to pop out. However, my approach to my work is based on how I utilize subjects by focusing on leading lines and volumes. In particular, contemplating abstract painting and drawing inspires imagination and challenges your mind. By withholding information, this abstract photography attempts to encourage you to finish the workpiece through your own interpretation. Rather than asking what it is, I want the audience to decide for themselves what the art means and how it makes them feel. This creates an experience that can help emotional and intellectual growth.

Photo Credit

Jayson Coley

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