// Phil is a professional photographer from Ireland, now based on Tenerife in the Canary islands. He studied photojournalism at the London College of Printing in the 1980s, and while he has done a lot of commercial portrait work and documentary photography, he also enjoys landscape and abstract photography. He has shared a set of abstract photo art with us.
“When I first found photography I found a way to creatively express myself through visual ways. I also realised very quickly that photography is a medium which would never bore me, there is always something new to learn or a new subject to explore. It has taught me to look at the world with an enquiring eye, to see things beyond the surface.” Since 1994 Phil has been living and working in Tenerife. His work has been exhibited in multiple exhibitions and published in well-known magazines.
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
What draws you to the arts?
“Art opens my mind. Appreciating others´ creativity and imagination is one of life´s great pleasures and shows a potential for beauty or joy in places that I cannot go alone. When I am working with my camera I’m exploring the world in a new way, and looking for the process to show me something new.”
What do you like best about abstract photography such as the images you have shared with us?
“The photographs I have made are an expressionistic view that breaks the scene into an abstract image, and I love the way it takes on a whole new life outside what you would see with your eyes if you stood in the same place as I did whilst making them.“
Phil achieves the abstract photo art he has shared with us by making in camera multiple exposures with some colour and contrast enhancements in Lightroom and Photoshop. This gives him the opportunity to layer photographs on top of each other, changing the frame, point of focus, exposure, and other variables to create an abstract graphic image of the scene in front of him.
You can admire a wide selection of different types of abstract photos on his website.
Click on the photos to see a larger image.
ALL PHOTOS © PHIL CREAN
To see more of his photography visit Phil´s Instagram page and his website.