Abstract approach


Article Excerpt:

Step 1 – What is abstract photography?
Handily, there isn’t really a defined meaning or explanation of what abstract photography entails, and in the same regard to abstract art, the content of the work is essentially unimportant and often entirely ambiguous. What does take precedence is the form, colour, line and texture within the composition, to create a piece that is visually stimulating. With regard to abstract photography, you don’t need any sort of special equipment, just a camera, any camera you like, and your imagination.

Step 2 – It’s all in the approach
So how does one go about taking abstract photographs? The first thing to remember is to keep your eyes open for interesting and engaging subject matter. Whenever I shoot abstract shots, I’m always attracted to the subject matter instinctively; something about it will catch my eye and draw me in. React emotionally to the subject, consider why you were attracted to it and how it makes you feel and this will inform how you photograph it. Spend time with the subject, think outside the box and approach it in a means that you would not really approach it, from different angles and regardless of its usual purpose.
~Simon Bray from his article Creatively Approaching Abstract Photography


6 responses

  1. yes, i really like this.

    June 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Much thanks Jane! Regards!

      June 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

  2. this is great, something to consider, never have before…

    June 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Thanks always Heather! Time to try abstracts…nothing to explain or define with these images. 🙂

      June 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

  3. I like the thought “spend time with the subject”. I think this applies beautifully with the process of creating an abstract work of art. When I create a digital abstract painting, I “spend time with the subject” as I build connection with and through each manipulation of the piece.

    June 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Your artistry requires affinity with your work. Well said Walter! Thanks

      June 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

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