“Blank Canvas” by William Josephs Radford
Do you like the color white? It is versatile and has a lot of different connotations depending on the culture. From wedding dresses to white shirts of office workers, in the Western world, white is associated with purity, cleanliness, emptiness, and minimalism. Abstract artists seem to have a unique relationship with this color. They are not afraid to overuse it, finding the beauty in color while divorced from physical objects. Monochromatic paintings are a staple of this artistic movement. But did you know that abstract photographs can play with color just as well? William Josephs Radford, a Spanish artist and photographer, shows us how a seemingly blank piece can contain complex meanings in his recent photography series titled “Exposed.”
William Josephs Radford Introduces a New Series of Abstract Photographs
Each artist has a favorite motif or technique that they carry with them throughout their career. For William Josephs Radford, it is overexposure. While it might seem like a thing that can only ruin a photograph, this fine art photographer deliberately overexposes his pieces. “Exposed” features a collection of completely white abstract photographs. You can distinguish them by their names that reference certain aspects of human life that we as a society prefer to not talk about publicly. These include sexual intercourse, bodily discharge, nudity, and more. William Josephs Radford has managed to be provocative and innocent at the same time. One cannot say that they saw something outrageous in his pieces because anything they “saw” would technically be a reflection of their perception.
None of these blank photographs were created using editing software. Instead, each of them was made through a specific and meticulous process of overexposure. William Josephs Radford only had his camera and skill to help him. The title of the series reflects the artist’s preferred technique and its main subject. By making his audience face a blank canvas, the photographer forces them to metaphorically project their thoughts onto the abstract photographs as they interpret the meanings that were enclosed in the titles of the works.
The color white, a symbol of purity, was chosen by William Josephs Radford on purpose. Not only does it provide a sort of free space for the onlookers to confront their thoughts, but it also creates a stark contrast between the theme of the project and its visuals.
Even though William Josephs Radford is a young photographer, he has already found his authentic artistic vision, won multiple awards, and received praise for his photography skills and talent. We will keep following his career and sharing his amazing works with the world.