|light grafiti © Sarah Klockars-Clauser|
A fairly liberal and impulsive approach to photography, somewhere in between painting and classic photography, abstract photography is a versatile form of art. As with most creative activities, you will apply your imagination using the camera to evoke images from within the environment. Wherever you may go, wherever you may look you might just find an image to take a shot of and turn into abstract by a process of enhancement. Use of zoom lenses, filters and different digital settings can give you a real opportunity to play with the image you have captured. You may also want to manipulate the photo in a photo editor like Photoshop or Instagram, or just leave it the way that it is.
Many abstract photographers hold to the idea that macro hides inside micro and use their camera lens to focus on the details creating a new subject from out of the larger whole. What may be a small part becomes epic in scale in the photograph. With the focus literally upon it looking closely enough you can find some things that immediately catch the eye or are easily recognized familiar concepts. Sometimes it is the items with the least attractive surfaces, with their complex forms and patterns, which often produce the most striking images. It is a matter of removing the context and drawing out the particular qualities you want to highlight. In this manner, partial shots of rusty metal, rubbish bins, old walls with peeling paint and cracked tiles– any kind of surface and texture usually ignored – suddenly become subject matter for abstract photos.
|Waves of Rust © Einarspetz|
|An ordinary object zoomed in close.|
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