Glossary

Duet

A duet is an abstraction that only has two tones (foreground and background), enough to define shapes, but nothing more. Everything darker than some value in a photograph becomes one color, everything lighter becomes the other, so a duet extracts existing patterns and shapes.

But it has to be more than a simple silhouette. A duet suggests some vague abstract concept, which I try to identify in the title by using a single, broad abstract term. See them here.

Found Still Life

A gathering of inanimate objects, which I just found (rather than staged) and framed in such a way as to grant them meaning so that they tell a story, convey an emotion, or just have personality. See them here.

Illusion

I’m using the term here to categorize photographs of something small that has been framed to remove any (obvious) context that would indicate its scale, so that it first appears to be some large landscape. See them here.

Phabric

[“fabric,” but with the “ph” from “photographic”]

Phabrics are photographs that are color-modified to look more like printed fabrics. They appear two-dimensional. See them here.

Color modification is sort of like “paint by numbers,” but you use the “wrong” colors. Other than that, you can’t just do whatever you want. You must use the existing patterns and shapes.

Phantasy

[“fantasy,” but with the “ph” from “photographic”]

These are color-modified photographs, but they are not changed so much that they become something very different. (I have another name for that. See Phabstraction.) They do take on a fantastical appearance. See them here.

Color modification is sort of like “paint by numbers,” but you use the “wrong” colors. Other than that, you can’t just do whatever you want. You must use the existing patterns and shapes.

Phabstraction

[“abstraction” plus the “ph” from “photographic”]

Phabstractions are radically color-modified photographs that become more like abstract art, where the result must suggest something completely different from the original subject (unlike “phantasy”). See them here.

Color modification is sort of like “paint by numbers,” but you use the “wrong” colors. Other than that, you can’t just do whatever you want. You must use the existing patterns and shapes.