I have always experimented with my photography but for this project, I wanted to push myself in a completely new direction. Using in-camera movement, double exposures, and compositing with my Pentax K-1 and my Ricoh GR iii I was able to create these abstract soft-focus landscapes. I’ve taken lots of inspiration from painters like JMW Turner, photographers like Valda Bailey, and Todd Hido to then combine them all into my own abstract style. They are the ones that made me really want to try and experiment with this style of photography. On top of that, I was fascinated with the idea of exploring different interpretations of reality instead of reality itself with these photographs. In a way, I am creating my own reality by morphing and changing what is actually real using my camera techniques. Abstracting formal associations with suburban landscapes creates a unique poetic vein. My multilayered images help show the fragility and instability of our reality and question its certainty. Using mainly formal solutions, I can investigate the dynamics of landscapes, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscapes mean to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, I provide an illusion to conjure the realms of our imagination. I hope you can appreciate the painterly and abstract look to the photographs and be able to take a break from your own reality while looking at them. Maybe even create your own.