To put it simply, abstract photography is a genre of photography which seeks to depict a certain subject in a way that doesn't have an immediate association with the object world. What's really great about abstract images is the fact that anything can be your subject! In other words, there are absolutely no limitations.
The only thing that matters is your ability to show the subject in an unusual way and make it unrecognizable or very hard to guess. Because of this, good abstract photography requires a truly creative mind!
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For truly captivating abstract photos, you need to learn how to focus on the basic elements of design such as line, texture, shape and color to depict your subject.
These 5 strategies can be very helpful if you're still new to abstract photography and you don't know where to start from:
Use Soft Focus For Painterly Effects
You should know that taking an unfocused, blurry shot doesn't have to lead to a bad photo. It can result in a subtle abstract image which emphasizes colors and creates a certain mood. The photograph below resembles an abstract painting because of its soft colors and shapes.
Play With Bold Textures And Lines
Textures are interesting because they add a sense of touchability to a photograph, which is not a common quality in visual arts – it can surprise the viewer!
Use Camera Movement In Abstract Images
Intentional camera movement (ICM) is a common strategy used in abstract photography. ICM is useful because it can transform the subject in a rather unpredictable and playful way.
Experiment With Aerial Photography
Abstract photography from a top-down perspective is powerful because it can flatten a scene and transform a regular landscape into an improvised canvas. You will need a drone to capture photographs like this one!
Try Out Macro Abstract Images
Similarly to aerial photography, macro photography can compresses the entire scene and turn it into a canvas of basic elements of design. Nature macro photography can yield truly stunning abstract images.
The following 20 images are all great examples of the refreshing variety of abstract photography. Take a look at them for some additional inspiration!
In case these awesome images made you curious about abstract photography and you want to learn more about it, check out the following links!
Further Resources On Abstract Photography:
- The Curious Case Of Abstract Photography
- 5 Tips To Help You Get Started With Abstract Photography
- Abstract Nature Photography: 3 Effective Tips
- The Complete Guide To Abstract Photography
- Abstract Photography Movement Overview
- 8 Famous Abstract Photographers And Their Photos