Abstract Photography: New Concepts Happen All the Time!

When people think about photography, chances are that it is only in reference to the specific kinds of photography one might see in a photo album. The debate over whether photography is, in fact, an art form has been fought over for years. However, one would be more inclined to think that photography is an art form when they see abstract photography.

Abstract Photography: Recording Symbolism

When you look at something in your everyday life, you probably take it for face value. For example, a glass of water is just that: a glass of water. Have you ever thought to look at that glass of water as more than just that? This is where abstract photography has its roots: in looking past the obvious and looking at something based on its symbolic merits.

So, what is an example of abstract photography? There is no one answer to that question, because abstract photography can encompass many different perspectives. However, something that this kind of photography does like to do is place an emphasis on geometric appearances. Specifically this is in reference to lines and curves.

For example, say you are looking at a photograph of a single chair on the side of the highway. Some people might take it just as a random picture and dismiss it. However, abstract photography would mean looking at the line segments of the photo: the chair juxtaposed with the highway.

Indeed, abstract photography is just like abstract art, in that it might seem very unpleasing to the eye at first, but then a deeper meaning can be found. Not only does abstract photography place an emphasis on geometric appearance, but it also emphasizes patterns and textures.

The trick is to make your abstract work appealing to a general audience. The key in this is emphasizing color (as in the case of either black and white or color) or doing extreme close-ups of textures. Additionally, you can parlay your abstract photography into a collage format.

For more information on abstract photography, take a photography class on the subject. There you be introduced to photographic examples that can give you some of your own ideas. Another thing that you can do is go out and just start taking pictures of the things that interest you. Use digital editing software to cut and paste various aspects of the things that you take pictures of, and the result will be a fascinating piece of art!