Lets begin with a better understanding of what we mean by Abstracts by looking at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Abstract photography, sometimes called non-objective, experimental, conceptual or concrete photography, is a means of depicting a visual image that does not have an immediate association with the object world and that has been created through the use of photographic equipment, processes or materials. An abstract photograph may isolate a fragment of a natural scene in order to remove its inherent context from the viewer, it may be purposely staged to create a seemingly unreal appearance from real objects, or it may involve the use of color, light, shadow, texture, shape and/or form to convey a feeling, sensation or impression. The image may be produced using traditional photographic equipment like a camera, darkroom or computer, or it may be created without using a camera by directly manipulating film, paper or other photographic media, including digital presentations.
A perhaps simpler view follows that might help us grasp the basics of abstract photography and I quote:
Abstraction is really about learning to see the basic visual building blocks within your subject (line and shape, form and color) and then arranging these components in pure design. Generally such an exercise will present the subject in an unusual way, and most often in "stripped down" form, often leaving the subject unrecognizable. But whether we still can or cannot recognize the subject is a moot point and neither negates nor validates the work as an abstract.
I have used different topics including nature, rock formations and unusual objects to create my abstracts.
Examples can be found by reviewing the Gallery / Abstracts.
For many of us, including photographers, the world around us contains so much detail (and colors) that we miss the important essentials that attract and hold our attention. We often overlook the 'smaller picture' in enjoying the panorama surrounding us. Its this ability to focus on a small part of the 'greater picture' that allows us to build an image of intrinsic value in its own right. The building of this image should follow the same rules as for any other image (see articles "How to improve your photography" and "Composition").
By creating these abstract images the photographer has included part of him / her self and thus produced not only an image of value but also one that is quite unique.
In addition, by using different techniques one can, and perhaps should, both experiment and allow our imagination to guide us.
If one is considering printing an abstract image may I suggest that you consider canvas as an alternative to traditional printing.
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