In 2012, Enamul Hoque read this innocent yet incredibly provocative statement; ‘Photography cannot record abstract ideas…’. This was stated with such unquestionable certainty and self-assurance that he couldn’t help but think of a way to challenge its authority. Can photography – such an expressive art form - really be incapable of recording abstract ideas?
Hoque set out to answer this question by creating a modern abstract photography project:
Movement in De Stijl project aims to show how photography can replicate the abstract harmony of the De Stijl movement, and in doing so, record abstract ideas. It uses modern HDR digital photography and the Harris Shutter process to create abstract images that have little or no point of reference. In essence, he has sought to use the medium of photography not to represent the world, but to create abstract images which use form, line and colour alone to evoke harmony and order.
De Stijl is a Dutch artistic movement founded in 1917 with the aim of expressing a utopian ideal of spiritual harmony and order by reducing everything down to the essentials of form and colour. It is the simplification of visual compositions to vertical and horizontal directions using only primary colours. Hence the importance of the Harris Shutter technique in this project – which only uses three primary colours.
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