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Abstract Photography

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.

To create photo abstractions you can use both digital and analog cameras. You can apply the rule of thirds, The Golden Ratio, or break all the rules and do as you please. In the arena of abstract art, this is all fair game. The first objective should be to react with your environment, see what draws you in deeper. Instead of backing up and spanning around for a panoramic photo, this is a time for finding the details that might seem hidden in plain sight. Or alternately, it may be you have to go inside or to the bottom of larger objects to find what it may hold inside. This is much like a treasure hunt, the hunt for artistic photographs. And here I feel I have introduced a topic which can very easily be a fun activity for anyone to try, especially if you have a digital camera handy, try composing your own abstract art photos. See if you can find something interesting or maybe even spectacular to the point that you wish to hang it in your home. I hope you have learned something and perhaps have found a new fun art activity.