Umberto Boccioni, the Italian Futurist, recognised the disconnected psychological, temporal and geographical phases that you experience when travelling. In his 'States of Mind' paintings, he acknowledged three distinct conditions: The Farewell; Those Who Go; and Those Who Stay.
For me, travel represents nothing but the anxiety of alarm clocks, check-in deadlines, and air turbulence.Therefore, when I have to catch a plane, I will not eat or drink all day, as I'm too paranoid about being in an air crash on a full stomach. Starvation over a long-haul journey inevitably sends the body into shock, and therefore heightens the sense of disorientation, terror, and paranoia. Only when I have achieved this ideal state, do I start thinking like a true artist.
Despite all the negative aspects, travel can still be a pleasure. For example, I'm a huge fan of Switzerland. I love how it's so clean: Clean houses, clean lawns, clean towns, clean mountains. They even have clean air. I go there at every available opportunity, sometimes even for three hours at a time.
The pictures in this series represent another possible addition to Boccioni's 'States' - The Stop-Over.
Source of inspiration, below: Zurich Airport's sparkling concourse and lines of perspective.
My point, is that disorientation inevitably leads to abstraction, and when that occurs you must seize the opportunity to record it.
I have a folder of 'real-life abstract photographs', and I used repetition to see what effects I could achieve.
Note: No other CG techniques were used. These are unretouched photographs, simply cropped, flipped, and repeated.
Below: One of my first Zurich Airport abstracts, from 2012.
Below: Back in 2012, I must have photographed this logo as a possible inspiration for a future 'Alexi K' logo.
The only thing that bothers me about flying, is being up there and suddenly not flying.
An example of Financial Abstraction, below:
Hide your billions from your government, and celebrate your good fortune by eating chocolate gold out of a miniature vault.
Below: The Alexi K 'Smiley Man' logo, inspired by the old Swiss Air 'box logos'. I was aiming for just the right amount of corporate and frivolous.