DRVN2abstraction is a new Picture Book by renowned Southern California photographer John Connell. As the title suggests, this is a collection of abstract photographs, presented in a format that allows Connell to showcase his very best work, write clearly about framing and cropping strategies, and reinforce his written message through simple, clever book design and inspired image pairings. Some sample text: "DRVN2abstraction is a collection of mostly personal work, sort of a scattershot look at here, there, and everywhere I think I might have been. Beyond the obvious need for a title, every book needs a purpose and a theme and this one offers an abstract look at things I think I might have seen..." One definition of abstraction is that it is a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance. Indeed, the following pages are filled with images of nothing in particular, yet each managed to find their way into this collection". A whole lot of "nothing" adds up to quite something else in this breakthrough publishing effort by Connell. DRVN2abstraction proves that less is more when it comes to artfully crafting a stellar composition. Fifty-three color images printed on Blurb's best paper, 10"x8" landscape. Five stars.
Photographer, Artist, BookBuilder, VectorWrangler and more... DRVN2 abstraction is the branding brainchild of the author, John Connell, but you can call me "Doctor Vintu", which is what my girlfriend originally read into it...there are several "DRVN2" books in the Blurb bookstore, the latest of which is by all accounts an amazing 2-day portrait of Manhattan Island during the week of November 2015. 12"x12", 108 pages, pure photography, no filler content. Clean and shiny.