Images Without Recognizable Subjects

Summary – This post completes the discussion of “what is an abstract photograph”. It considers the part an abstract image’s definition that states there shall be “no immediately recognizable subject”.

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Recognizable? It is to me.

Is this not an abstract – just because I recognize the subject?

I sure hope not. That would be downright silly.

Check the 3rd image in the post for what this is


A key part of the definition of an abstract image is

It has no immediately recognizable subject

What is recognizable or not – much less immediately

Depends on lots of things

The viewer’s background & culture among others

Some viewers “may know it” & some won’t

IMO it’s the typical viewer that matters

Bottom line – largely a subjective judgement call

The final call is the judge’s or the viewer’s

Not the photographer’s

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Rather than trying to explain

What makes a subject identifiable – or not (I can’t)

The post will present a number of example images

Each with a description (visible on mouse roll over) and

A “Is this an abstract?” poll

There is no right or wrong

Immediately recognizable? No more than 2-3 seconds

Not after a longer study

I’ll post a follow-up in a week or two

Showing the images and

The yes/no tallies for each

Please vote

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