About Me

Portrait or Personal Image - Janet  R Schwartz

More and more I am drawn to abstraction in both photography and computer generated art. Initially, I only did photography; but over the years my work has become more overtly abstract. My initial photographic inspirations were the works of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Aaron Siskind, and the contemporary photographer Michael Kenna. It is interesting to note that these are all photographers who work(ed) in black and white. I particularly like Michael Kenna's work for the high level of elegant abstraction which he achieves.

On a trip to Newport, Oregon, a very productive session of photography among the fishing boats in the floating docks of the harbor in Newport led to the photos featured in the Nautical Textures section of my gallery. This work and that shown in the Botanical Abstracts section of my gallery started me down the path to more abstract work.

This is not too surprising since I was a math major in college and then went to graduate school at Purdue where I earned a Ph.D. in computer science. I worked professionally in both applied research and product development for over thirty years. I have been retired since the end of 2009.

In the spring of 2013, I became interested in computer generation of "photographic images" of a purely abstract sort. I spent several intense months writing software that allows me to define images in which both synthetic and photographic objects can be incorporated. The results of a purely synthtic sort can be seen in the Mathematical Art section of my gallery.


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