Abstract Expressionism and The Butterfly Effect in Photography

Before we go into the second photograph (taken by me) right after this, we will be discussing a little about Abstract Expressionism and The Butterfly effect along with their role in photography.

Abstract Expressionism grew up in New York during the 1940s and 50s. By the way, expressionism is art that expresses feelings or emotions of the artist or third persons through the piece. Abstract expressionism is basically figures that one may not recognise that are used to communicate ideas. This may be done (on canvas) using quick applying of paint, scribbles or even splashing paint. It was for vigorous and ambitious painters at that time.

I like to call this movement “baby art” because I felt that throwing paint on canvas was something that even babies could do. However, after getting up close to paintings at the Pompeii Gallery in Paris, France, I noticed that you could see lines and that the colours actually complimented each other in a way. I was beginning to picture something on a whole new level. The work may be unconscious, and to help you further understand, here are a few.




Moving on, the butterfly effect is actually a scientific theory (Don’t worry – I am not going to talk like a scientist) about one small and single occurrence that changes the course of the universe or subject forever and ever. I believe there is even a movie for this, and it expresses the theory quite well. The theory was created by Edward Norton Lorenz, mathematician and meteorologist. In simple words, because he started a model in a different way, it completely diverged and turned into something different, which inspired him to investigate before coming up with this theory. The change was small yet the outcome was so different. This is why it is part of the chaos theory. If the Earth’s temperature was to increase by five degrees Celsius, as scientists predict, the Earth would be wiped out.

Linking back to photography, if a photo is unique, people will be more interested in it. Something simple can mean so much, giving it its essence and beauty. It makes people think and that is what photography is supposed to be. Professional photographers capture moments that have many definitions, which intrigue people. Looking at the butterfly effect, even one small change can affect the entire message in a photograph. For example, forgetting a sun of a seemingly fine day could mean something totally different. It could even mean a spooky day because people might wonder why a Sun is not placed.

Heading back in time to Liang Yue’s Morse Code, without the existence of the flashlight, it would mean just a man standing on the street or in a isolated area. People may think that the photograph leans more towards sadness and depression. However, with the flashlight, it starts symbolising a secretive feeling and makes it eerie and quiet.

In conclusion, I think that photos are impactful only if they have meaning to it and not necessarily because they are stunning and have high definition. The meaning in them is what matters most.






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