Commercial shooter Nicholas Alan Cope detours from shooting luxury goods to experiment in the unknown
What inspired you to make photographic abstractions?I needed a change of pace. They’re completely different from my usual work. Typically, I do luxury-brand product and cosmetic photography, and paper and cardboard fine-art pieces that I design, build, and photograph. They’re essentially still lifes of specific objects that I carefully light, often with lots of compositing in post. So I wanted a break. I wanted to try something looser—ambiguous pictures with unidentifiable subjects. For me, it was a way of getting away from clean lines and lots of structure.