The brain is always searching for recognizable patterns, it wants to make sense of what’s presented to it.
When working with abstract materials, what I do is help my brain uncover the obscure and bring it forward.
I’ve been asked what exactly are these images. these are manipulated photograph I shot, of smoke. i alter colors and draw on them, with digital tools. Here’s a new image, followed by a small copy of the original shot, notice the figure on the lower left.
In a field where pre-planing is very important, sometimes, to free my mind, I like to take a pencil and scribble on paper, without raising it for a few moments from the page, and then with as little lines possible, to get out of the chaos a subject that will make sense.
As many in the visual field, I have a library of photographs I shoot, to use them as backgrounds or effects. While looking through some of my smoke images, I noticed a lot of scribble there to work with.
I use free association doing that, and I find it very rewarding.