This non-objective, experimental, and conceptual style of photography is used to capture the uniqueness of shape, color, light, shadows, pattern, and texture. It combines all elements of art, and at the same time breaks all the rules. Not to be interpreted as lomography, abstract photography can be used with any type of camera and hasn’t established a cult following like lomogrpahy.
Abstract Photography is open to as many props and techniques to create a certain effect. Many abstract photos don’t have an immediate message, and can make little associations towards a purpose. In fact, some abstract photographers shoot to capture aesthetically pleasing images with no purpose. The universal purpose of photography is to portray emotion and feelings within it’s viewers. Abstract photography carries the same motives with a little or no direct message.
The earliest form of abstract photography dates back to 1842 when John William Draper invented the spectroscope. The invention would disperse light rays into a visible patterns that have never been seen. This discovery helped develop a photographer’s ability to transform and experiment what was known as invisible into our own presence.
Techniques photographers use are very accessible. These photographers utilize elements such as focus, light/shadows, curves, and texture to create certain visuals.
Techniques continued: Other ways to manipulate your photos are to get close to your subject and acknowledge the details in what you are shooting. Techniques such as the sixth sense can be utilized by making quick adjustments, and visually checking your subject before taking the shot. While in post production you can crop and rotate your image to analyse certain qualities in a photo that weren’t present from your perspective.
The golden theory behind abstract photography is to experiment with all of the elements, and capture something that isn’t commonly seen by the average joe.
– Jesse Morgan