Abstract Photography


It is a way of depicting a visual language that has no association with the real world, it is also non narrative and is an experimental process created by isolating or fragmenting a scene.


For the purpose of this study the following question(s) were addressed:

  1. Is there a particular lens required for this process?
  2. Is there a particular movement technique that I need to apply?



I predict that any movement created whilst taking the photograph/pressing the shutter will produce an abstract image. Also that strong colours and shapes will be required to make the image more unique and abstract.




Shoot 1:

My first attempt at abstract photography was while out on a landscape shoot and the following series of images are of a waterfall. In figure 1 my shutter speed was slightly too fast resulting in an underexposed image. However after slowing my shutter speed down to 1/8second and introduced some camera motion that abstract images appeared to become more interesting. I used the zoom on my lens to zoom in whilst taking the photograph. This proved to have appealing effects as the water became blurred and was firing in different directions making the subject almost unrecognisable.


Here are my strongest images from my first attempt, I have captured some good detail due to using a zoom lens and the technique applied.  To add to the aesthetic of making the photo have no connection with the real world, I have included the silhouette of a bent over human body to add to the abstract nature of the image in figure 6.




Shoot 2:

This series of images were created on a snowy day on a landscape shoot. I have included the original image of the subject to compare to final image against. The subject was a section of branches from a tree that were covered in snow, aiming for a contrasted image. This time I turned the camera around in a circular motion, however I started out with around about the correct shutter speed to unfortunately changed my camera settings the wrong way resulting in my second attempt (fig. 3) being over exposed. After re-altering my camera settings and applying the correct circular motion whilst pressing the shutter I achieved a high contrasted abstract image as seen in figure 5.




I particularly like the circular motion that has been created, also with a remaining central focus within the image is much like Piet Mondrian’s work with bold lines and only primary/basic colour.

Shoot 3:

These images were created whilst going through the car wash, it is when in ordinary places that unusual events happen and they should be captured.


Shoot 4:

This image was created whilst out on a walk. The image flashed itself in a puddles reflection which was caught at a fleeting moment, in which I decided to capture this on my camera.




Abstract photography is easy to achieve, it just takes a certain eye and a different out look towards everyday things. It allows for creativity and an artistic aspect to imagery that can be very aesthetically pleasing.



[1] DIGITAL CAMERA WORLD, (2016). Abstract Photography. [Online] Available from: http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/tag/abstract-photography/                                  [Accessed: 08 May 2016]

[2] PICTURE CORRECT, (2016). Tips for Creating Great Abstract Photography. [Online] Available from: http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/tips-for-creating-great-abstract-photography/                                                                                                                          [Accessed: 02 April 2016]

[3] THE PHOTO ARGUS, (2016). 40 Astounding Examples of Abstract Photography. [Online] Available from: http://www.thephotoargus.com/40-astounding-examples-of-abstract-photography/                                                                                                            [Accessed: 02 April 2016]


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