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”.
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
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
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