About Adam Deal
I've always been drawn to the abstract, so my photos communicate this attraction. My main intention is to shed new light on common scenes through experimentation with composition, color and perspective while always maintaining a distinct aesthetic appeal. I seek creative novelty within old (well known) contexts. This interest often results in surreal imagery that covers a wide range of subject matter. I believe in the importance of discovering truly new perspectives in imagery. Through my camera, I hope to share a fresh and unique view of the world around us. Much of the subject matter I choose to photograph deserves some explanation. The following addresses the meaning and aesthetic appeal of each subject matter.
I am attracted to this form of reflective imagery, because of its modern aesthetic appeal. In a world where we are increasingly surrounded by constructed, urban environments, I think it is important to appreciate the beauty that is often hidden in this man-made world. Reflections are common, yet they can communicate a sense of translucence, abstraction, and the surreal. I am fascinated by how mundane objects consisting of glass, streets, buildings, and items for sale can all contribute to a beautiful ethereal image that transcends the sum of its parts.
Images of decay and decadence comprise one of my favorite subject matters. I find this imagery appealing simply due to its aesthetic nature. The rich vibrant colors transmit a sense of opulent destruction. I think the deeper meaning of these images is related to death and ending. Entropic movement surrounds us and is us. These images may be viewed as symbols of history, movement, and ending. The "Entropy" and "Factory" series are reminders of the beauty of ending, the procession of time and the fact of death.
I find horizontal lines appealing because they convey a subtle sense of calmness and order. Lined geometric patterns emerge solely through the composition of each image. Many of these photos appear "put together", despite the fact that they have simply been captured by a camera. I was influenced by Andreas Gursky to begin this series.
Mannequins represent the pinnacle of beauty and elucidate society's ideals in reference to aesthetic appeal. The creation and use of mannequins lacks real artistic drive and is governed by fashions, trends, and consumption. Personally, I find that the greatest draw toward mannequins stems from the very fact that their display is not intent on delivering a specific "artistic message". They are great examples "accidental art", an unapologetic celebration of false, superficial beauty. They are representational, a side effect of consumer society, yet uniquely fascinating.
The natural world is beautiful without trying and continually trumps man's most ambitious artistic endeavors. I almost consider nature photography "cheating" because it often merely reflects and stagnates a greater beauty. However, I do believe that through good composition and lighting photography can enhance the beauty found in nature.
I have a great appreciation for eastern art. Its minimal, clean aesthetic can be both humbling and soothing. The images in this series intend to transmit a simple, quiet beauty that is characteristic of Zen mind. Less is more.
I've always been intrigued by places that have been forgotten or lost. The "ex-carnival" is a great example of such a place. In the "jubilee amusement park" one senses a history of engaging sights and sounds, warm summer nights, smiles and laughter. Now it is all of the past; just a decaying remnant of good times once had. The impact of entropic laws on a once vibrant carnival seem more pronounced given the great gap between excitement, activity, or entertainment and that which is now lost and forgotten.
The "skin" series intend to celebrate the female form. Of all forms, I find the female body most attractive. Of course as a heterosexual male, I am extremely biased. I find this lack of clarity both fascinating and challenging. My ultimate goal is to see through my hormones, and capture the pure aesthetic of the female body, independent from my biological drive.