James Welling has said that his ‘New Abstractions’ were influenced by modern composers,
such as John Cage and Stockhausen: ‘What I was really thinking about in them was musicians’
scores… I wanted to imagine these pictures as chords.’
Welling began by arranging strips of card on photographic paper to produce photograms.
He then scanned these images into a computer to flip them around, before finally making
digital negatives from the Photoshop files. These negatives were used to produce the
final contact prints – which were made by laying the large negatives directly onto