Q&A: Stuart Schwartz

Stuart discussed his new abstract work at the artist dinner in his honor.  Below are some of his thoughts about his recent series of abstract photographs.  If you haven’t seen these photographs yet, then please come down to The Image Flow while they’re still up on the walls for the next week.

What inspired this body of abstract photographs?

At The Image Flow, I see lots of great photography. There are customer of all ages and experience levels who have talent and great eyes. I felt like I needed to make a departure from more traditional photographic images since I see them every day.

What are these images of? How did they become so abstract?

Donor’s Wall (DeYoung Museum) by Stuart Schwartz

Actually, one of the first image I created was a close up shot taken in a butcher shop that was then manipulated in Photoshop for hours to get an abstract and blurred effect. After laboring over several images this way, I decided to try to achieve the same results at the time of taking the photo.  I rented a Hasselblad and went to the DeYoung Museum on a photographic outing where I shot several images at slow shutter speeds while moving the camera.

A few of the images are coated with resin and then further manipulated. What inspired to you to choose to work with resin?

Again, it was all about doing something unconventional / new. I had tried resin on a print a number of years ago without reasonable results. Then about a year ago tried the process once again after doing some testing achieved some reasonable results, and finished a project for a client with resin.

What was the result you where hoping to achieve?

Exactly what I got in the end. An image with an interesting finish and in some cases a depth that I don’t think could have been reached otherwise.

What were the challenges working with resin? What would you do differently next time?




The challenges of working with resin are many. The print to start with, having an image that lends itself to the use of resin. The mounting of the print prior to the resin work presents a few questions and decisions. The sealing of the print before applying resin, this can be problematic, too much and you have issues. Even distribution of the sealer is not a slam dunk. And, the application process for the resin is time consuming. The enemies are dust, insects, bubbles and time. Finding the right tools and effectively using them is very important. It is a hands-on event.


Are you happy with the result? Do you plan to work with this material again?

Definitely.  Actually, I’ve already begun to work on more to fill a few empty spaces on the wall.