Inspired by the abstract photographs of Barbara Kasten, Roland Fischer and Freeman Patterson, as well as by the abstract paintings of Mondrian, Lichtenstein and Kandinsky, photographic Abstract Expressionism has become Sandy Gherardi's passion.
She is fascinated by repetitive patterns, symmetry, strong shapes, bold color and texture.
Though she is also gravitates to serene representational images, especially those that feature nature's palette of pastel blue-greens that rise like sea foam from tropical waters, she inevitably reverts to abstraction.
Sandy loves the fact that abstracts are fun and amazing to capture and create. She observes that subjects can be found everywhere. They just require a special way of looking and seeing. The fact that she never knows what she'll find as she goes about her day, makes each day a unique adventure.
Sandy rarely pre-selects a specific location to photograph. Rather, she finds something extraordinary wherever she happens to be, whether overlooking a bucolic river or a mundane heap of trash!
Maintaining that a tripod limits her spontaneity, the majority of her shots are hand held. Some images are created in camera, others are the product of mostly minor post-processing.
The definition of photography as art is illusive. Sandy describes it as the coming together of various elements that make a compelling photograph (line, tone, color, strong composition, shape, balance, harmony) into a symphonic work that entices the viewer to linger and ponder. Like an emotionally moving symphony, or beautifully flowing movements of a ballet, fine art photography often stirs the soul.
She loves to showcase the hidden beauty of everyday things by abstracting elements of veiled harmony from both natural and manufactured subjects. When her image leads a viewer to a deeper appreciation of the amazing beauty and harmony that surrounds us everywhere, even amidst fragmentation and chaos, Sandy is satisfied that she has accomplished her goal as an artist.