What is abstract photography?
For me, it's taking something known and easily recognizable
and presenting it in a different way.
It can be done by zooming in on details with a macro lens and creating
unusual and sometimes even surreal images.
The rational mind will struggle to analyse and try to label what it sees.
Yet if we allow ourselves to follow the lines and the shapes and colours
we can just enjoy a slightly surrealist landscape that cannot be quite understood.
Isn't it fun to just let go and flow into this new way of seeing
through the fringes of this curtain-like structure
which isn't actually a curtain?
Or wouldn't you like to slide and play along these tunnels of light
created through a mingling of sunlight and shadow?
Or what about bending down to touch these bronze sculptures
that remind you of something but they're totally the wrong colour.
Macro photography allows us to concentrate on a single detail
and give it an abstract quality.
Blue Gingham seen through different eyes!
Enjoy the texture and 3-dimensional surface and how the edges catch the light.
It doesn't matter that we don't know what it is.
In fact, not knowing heightens our perception and makes us just take pleasure
in what we see.
Look at the patterns and texture and colours
Shiny surfaces create art all on there own - reflecting what is around them
Water also presents us with wonderful reflections and movement
and offers us its own special abstract quality
Panning or intentional camera movement is another way of creating abstracts.
I really enjoy these!
For that, I need to use a slower shutter speed and move my camera
as I press the button.
To end my selection, I offer this night shot.
This was created by panning and capturing these flying luminous objects
all heading, with seeming purpose, to an important destination!
So, to create abstracts in photography
I can zoom in on details
Show only the part of a whole subject
create an unusual look by transforming something through a change in colour.
I can play with my shutter speed and take my subjects from different angles.
All these things allow me to play freely
and disregard any rules that I have learned over time.
Abstracts set me free from convention
and allow me to skip and jump and shake it all up
Abstract photography allows my inner, playful child to have fun
because it lets me re-invent what I see and feel!
This blog posting has been inspired by a workshop I'm doing
with Kim Manley Ort