Summary – I’m on tap to present a program on abstract photography in early March. This post is one of an indeterminate number to help me organize my thoughts. Today – what exactly is an abstract image?
From representational to abstract
Center image of this transition might be a toss-up to some judges
IMO it’s an abstract
Lines, shapes & textures with no immediately recognizable subject
Organizing my thoughts – a few definitions
Based on subjects found in the objective world
that can be named or recognized
Geometric, formalized, or otherwise non-representational qualities
- Natural objects that are not depicted realistically
- Another word for abstract
- Objects do not resemble those known in physical nature
- Art without recognizable objects
Definition from a popular annual abstract exhibit
….abstracts are non-representational and do not rely upon recognizable subject matter, but rather consist of colors, tones, shapes and textures. If the image has an obvious subject, it is not an abstract.
“There are two kinds of photographySubject based and Design basedTo my mind abstracts are design based”
“There are two kinds of abstractsFound or CreatedThe more difficult are found abstracts becauseThey require seeingnot just looking but seeing”
“One must appreciate design in order to appreciate abstracts”
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
― Ansel Adams
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