One recent sleepless night I discovered Phil Douglis's photo galleries on PBase. Phil is a teacher who has put up an instructional cyberbook called Expressive Travel Photography: communicating with pictures. Within this cyberbook are, at present, 47 galleries, each highlighting a different topic using Phil's photos and text as examples. His commitment to an interactive teaching approach shows in his posted responses to each comment made by viewers.
These galleries are quite a resource for any photographer interested in expanding their knowledge, intentions and expressive abilities. I took to it like a duck to water. In fact, I stayed up until 4:20 a.m. that morning examining and responding to twelve of Phil's photos in Gallery One: Travel Abstractions -- Unlimited Thought. The next day I found that Phil had responded to each of my comments and had also come to visit my galleries where he'd left helpful comments about a half dozen of my photos and galleries.
The photos in this gallery were influenced by what Phil's gallery triggered in me. My intention was to express the essential character of such ordinary scenes as my swim suit and towel drying on a chair, and Annie Leibovitz's book--a gift from Carol--that I'd just finished going through for the first time.
If you feel so inclined, I'd like to hear your responses to these photos. Do memories surface as a result of seeing them? Do I give enough information for the photo to stand on its own? Do you have suggestions regarding improvements I could make in my use of expressive abstraction in the future? Does this make you want to try it yourself?