Below the Horizon

© 2014 Eric Christopher Jackson

I think…once you learn about something (quite a bit on a certain subject) it’s great to push aside certain lessons. In school, I was taught digital photography, for the most part, from those who were interested in commercial work (fashion, boudoir, documentary-style). It wasn’t interesting to me. I went to school thinking I was going to learn more about fine art, modern, and contemporary-styled photography.

This fact recently settled into my heart. I decided to try a different approach to my 2014 work. The lesson: “Deconstruct reality.” I photographed the stand portion of a lamp in my old room. The design of the stand caught my attention. It was an “okay” image, but I wondered if it could be more.

I did my best to deconstruct the lamp stand without losing too much of what I wanted to see. The result is the artwork above. The lamp stand is unrecognizable. Now, it reminds me of the sun…setting below the horizon. Art is supposed to be creative. Experimentation is encouraged. Bending the rules can be healthy as long as the results are positive.

I was thinking about how my photography could be different from the millions of others who shoot scenes. I went from website to website, blog to blog a few days ago. I noticed that more so than not…people did not alter what they captured in reality. Reality was often enhanced, made to look better than the scene really was. Or a fish-eye lens was used, but it was all grounded in reality. Portraits, landscapes, products, apparel, crowds of people on the street, etc.

Of course, much of the work was well done. I’d have to try my best to create better. However…I felt the need to go a step further…create my own artistic style. I want something that elicits a deeper emotional response.

True. My style I’m pursuing has been done many times before. Still, I’d like to try to create something that says me. It’s okay to fail…even fail miserably at this. If I tried to stumble upon a masterpiece every time, the best pieces would lose their grandeur.

To be clear, each image I edit will not be deconstructed. Some of them look better only slightly stylized, while others lend themselves to more freedom in finding out where they go. Many times, I don’t really know how I’ll approach creating the mood I want until I begin the editing process. It’s part of the adventure.

Eric Christopher Jackson


  1. It’s good to go back and forward and back again, sometimes learning makes more sense the second time you practise what you learnt ☺️

    • Hi! I have to find more professional photographers that I admire. Ansel Adams is my favorite, but he was strictly focused on reality (enhanced). Plus, I have to throw out the notion that each image needs to be “perfect.”

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