The Abstractions of Erik Beck

The work of Erik Beck, from Sherbrooke, Quebec, attracts us for it’s originality and unity of vision. His work generally revolves around the discovery of everyday abstractions and their presentation through his lens as found art. In Erik’s world, paint splotches, dripping rust, bits of graffiti, or a splash of water become framed and given to the viewer to ponder in new and interesting ways. A rust drip becomes a Giacometti sculpture, a dash of paint on the road is rendered as a photographic Rothko. There is nobody out there quite like Erik and we are pleased to present this photo essay for you.

“My work and methods are in perfect synchronicity with what I have decided to undertake in my personal life, that is to say a full reconnection with the creative act in everyday life and to prioritize one of my greatest qualities, intuition. The apparent spontaneity offered by the iPhone in this regard makes it the perfect tool that serves my process. All of my images are created only from mobile devices and I’m working hard locally by promoting iPhoneography as a legitimate art form. Possibly soon enough, I hope we won’t even have to mention it!

While shooting, I tend to quickly put myself in a state of errantry, wandering aimlessly with no predetermined schedule. These carefully orchestrated actions have the immediate effect of greatly increasing the perception of the world around me, no matter how small it is. Therefore, I perceive the imperceptible, the ordinary, and I already know how I will use these fragments in the transformation process. I want to entice people to discover that I could transcend the infinitely small and insignificant into infinitely contemplative.

Although I have multiple photo applications, I just use a few of them and I carefully choose them to get the results I want. I rarely post live since shooting and processing for me are associated with different moods and in my case different types of music for inspiration!” – Erik Beck

Erik Beck


7 Comments on “The Abstractions of Erik Beck

  1. Simply amazing! Congratulations, Erik! So nice to see your work so gorgeously presented and to read a little about your thought process while creating these images. Well done!

  2. Although I find Erik Beck’s Abstractions quite compelling I would disagree with the statement ,”there is nobody out there quite like Erik…” The digital based Lens Based Art I’ve been creating for the past few years is very similar to what I see of Erik’s work. This is not meant as criticism or self-promotion only to clarify the abundance and variety of digital work out there today. I truly enjoyed viewing Erik’s outstanding imagery.

    Abtract Painter and photographer,

    Brad Forsythe

    • Thanks for the comment Brad, we look forward to seeing your work so that next time we might write something more along the lines of “…there is nobody out there quite like Erik and Brad.” :)

      • Thanks for the humor… made me laugh. I hope your comment ” we look forward to seeing your worst…” was a typo. I try not to submit or even retain my worst work.


    • Hi there Brad!

      You are so right! For sure i’m pleased to see my work as being somewhat unique but I agree that there’s a lot of interest for found textures and abstractions. I discover more and more amazing work on all platforms and especially Instagram, and it’s always a pleasure to see that a lot of artists share the same concerns!

      I’ll certainly go and check out your work!


      • Thanks for taking my comment in the way it was intended Erik. Keep up the great work. I look fwd to hearing your reaction to my work once you’ve had a chance to check out my site. —Brad

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The Mobile Photo Awards were founded to promote the global phenomenon of mobile photography and art.  The awards are committed to presenting the art-form in galleries and exhibits. The MPA is the world's largest open gallery call and competition of its kind.
The Mobile Photo Awards were founded to promote and celebrate mobile photography and art. With fine-art exhibits, competitions and open gallery calls, the MPA is the world's largest event of it's kind.