In art, Abstraction is freedom from representation. Abstract photography does not rely upon recognizable subjects, but rather consists of colours, shapes, textures and tones. If the image has an obvious subject, it is not an abstract image.
Abstracts open way to imagination and interpretation. There are mainly two kinds of abstracts: Found or Created. The more difficult are Found Abstracts because they require not just looking, but seeing. To be able to see, we need to first close our eyes. When we open them again, we need to be curious about the world in a child-like way.
We need to get close, touch, look at things like discovering them for the first time. A walk around the block with a macro lens can result in beautiful abstract images of textures, paint, rust, water, oil, just to name a few subjects.
You can also use a zoom lens to crop sections of what you see creating geometric abstractions. Look for lines and shapes formed by buildings, tiles and shadows. Nature is an endless subject for abstract images. From sky colours and clouds to the pattern formed by the vein in leaves, just remember that the resulting image cannot be a obvious one.
For Created Abstracts, an infinity of techniques can be approached from playing with the camera settings to darkroom (and nowadays digital) experimentation. The picture above from Daisuke Yokota was created by layering sheets of unused large format colour film and applying unorthodox developing methods before scanning the results. The mixing and manipulation of the film’s chemicals produced vibrant compositions that create forms reminiscent of fractal geometry and telescope images of the cosmos.
With that in mind: microcosm and macrocosm. From from the largest all the way down to the smallest scale, look at the world around you with new eyes and send us your abstract images for a chance to win a £200 discount voucher to book any course or workshop at LSP (not valid for Dubai Masterclasses).
We prepared a Pinterest board to get you inspired.
Please submit your photos here (maximum 3 images per person). Deadline: November 30th, 2015.
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