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What is abstract in photography?
Abstract in photography is a style where the subject may not be recognizable. Or an abstract photo can be composed so you are viewing a familiar object in a way you’ve never seen it before.
Lines, colors, textures, repetition, patterns, scale, motion, and shapes convey meaning beyond the literal. Abstract images brings you the unexpected and changes the way you view the world.
Take a look at these abstract photography galleries.
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“Shadow Traits” from my Abstract Landscape Photography gallery. Moody silhouette of the layers of the Grand Canyon at sunset and a passing monsoon storm.
More than just a pretty picture.
I take photos.
Yes, they are typically abstract photos.
And I write.
I love creating titles for images. I’m passionate about writing captions for all my photography. And I tell stories.
All of those words show you an angle of my abstract photography.
Therefore, the photos aren’t just pretty pictures.
And the words aren’t just me stringing words along.
They tell you about me.
And together, we connect.
We need beauty and stories.
Together, they form a lasting bond.
“I’ve seen the path that your eyes wander down.
I want to come too.”
–Landon Pigg, “Falling in Love in a Coffee Shop“
What are some examples of abstract in photography?
1. Close-up shots
By getting close, the camera gives us details that our eyes may not comprehend. Close-up photography focuses on shadows, textures, and lighting instead of the context of the object. I find that close-up shots help me to look at mundane subjects in a new way. And that brings out creativity, imagination, and appreciation for what we might overlook.
Texture for photography brings urban decay photos to life. In my Beauty in Decay gallery, I explore the world of peeling paint, rust, and broken objects close up. In the abandoned, I see beauty that reminds me of the impermanence of life.
Close-up nature photography magnifies a plant, animal, insect, or scene so that you notice unique details. The more you notice, the more emotionally connected you become to nature which has benefits in both directions. Restore your connection to wonder with close-up nature photos in my Abstract Nature Photography and Abstract Landscape Photography galleries.
“Grounded” from the Beauty in Decay gallery. Connected to your past, deeply supported, and reaching out and upward. The tree symbolizes the seasons of life. This abstract image of rust and peeling paint reminds us how our roots give support.
2. Impressionist photography
“Standing in Time” from the Impressionist Photography gallery. During the turn of the century, architecture offered opulence, extravagance, and grandeur in a theatrical manner. And shooting it in an impressionistic style as an abstract photo captures the essence of an era of glitter long gone.
3. Abstract landscape photography
“Reflecting Outward” from the Abstract Landscape Photography gallery. Looking at an abandoned lumber mill’s windows, I realized that instead of seeing inwards, the windows reflected out towards the hillside. We are encouraged to look inwards. But there’s also value in an outward perspective; evaluating how our actions might affect others. What does the mill think as it looks out? Its mission had been to saw those trees down. An introspective abstract in photography, don’t you think?
4. Digital abstraction art
“Consider Spinning Lilies” from the Digital Abstraction Art gallery. “Consider the lilies, they neither toil nor spin.” (Luke 12:27) A visual lesson that being anxious is unhelpful. Worry is unbelief. We all need a reminder. Let this abstract image help you to keep your faith.
5. Abstract black and white pictures
“Setting the Pace” from the Abstract Black and White Pictures gallery. Shapes like paddles and staircases remind me of how many efforts are best when paced. You can try to take stairs a few at a time, or paddle like mad, but can you sustain that? Let this abstract in photography guide your tempo.
Abstract in photography — why do people like abstract photos?
We live in a time where images flash by us in a constant stream. We consume those pictures like we are electric appliances operating at high speed. We are in hyper-drive. Eventually, our motors burn out.
Many people, including myself, enjoy abstract photos because it is an opportunity to explore different perspectives. Seeing things from a different angle encourages problem-solving. And because abstract photography is different from what you are used to seeing, you explore thoughts and feelings more readily.
Although many people claim to not enjoy reading, there are still those of us who find value in the poetry of words. Together they bring context, as Seth Lewis explains in his post.
I’m on a mission to slow down and notice things, including how I am feeling. Living with an appreciation for each moment is what brings calm. Here’s the invitation to join me in the imaginative world I see.
The benefits of abstract photos.
“Hard Wired” abstract in photography from “Everyday Objects as Art” Gallery.
“…abstract art frees our brain from the dominance of reality, enabling it to flow within its inner states, create new emotional and cognitive associations, and activate brain-states that are otherwise harder to access. This process is apparently rewarding as it enables the exploration of yet undiscovered inner territories of the viewer’s brain.
Why buy abstract photos online?
Access to more information about the art, the process, and the artist.
Of course, it’s fun to be on vacation and wander through galleries or go to art shows. But when you have an empty wall, and you can’t take time off to travel, you have a huge resource at your disposal: the internet.
But there are so many places to find abstract photos, and that is where it gets confusing.
Where to buy art online?
Um, right here? Hint, hint…
Direct from artists…we are everywhere! But it’s hard to get noticed in the noise.
If you are in search of unique, authentic, and original abstract in photography to express your style, you are in the right place. Take a look around the galleries and see if an abstract photo speaks to your soul. If you like what you see, but aren’t quite ready, sign up for my newsletter, and I’ll alert you to new pieces.
As you explore this site, I can almost guarantee you won’t see the same abstract artwork in your doctor’s lobby, in the grocery store bathroom, or in your neighbor’s house–unless they have awesome taste. Hahaha.
Seriously, I keep seeing one abstract image in all of these places. No doubt, they bought from a big-box retailer, either online or in a mass market store. There’s so much art in the world, yet the big-box online art galleries drown us, little guys, out. They’ve got deep enough pockets to grab all the top spots in search engines.
So if that’s where you land to search for abstract in photography art, you’ll only see what they find works in their algorithm. And the worst is that you’ll never get to know the artist. I think that’s a huge miss. Feeling something for the image is one thing, but understanding what makes an artist tick gives you much more depth to the artwork.
When you have the opportunity to buy directly from an artist, you can learn about the art and the process. In addition, you have a real person that wants you to be thrilled with your investment. I’ve heard horror stories from my artist friends that sell through these big-box online art stores about customer service. I want to make your selection of art feel safe, easy, and personal. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
Express yourself for goodness sake with art that speaks to YOU.
Choose inspiring messages so the abstract photo on your walls speaks to you.
Well, not literally. Although that might be interesting. Hmmm….
I bet there’s a way to make these prints talk, but I’m not that technically savvy.
But really, you’d prefer peace and quiet, I’m guessing, right?
Seriously, when we connect with art, we are connecting with ourselves. The artwork you decorate with inspires you, makes you feel appreciative, and sparks meaningful conversations with others.
When you purchase artwork directly from the artist, you are not only helping a creative being like yourself; you can know more about the background of the artist and the piece. The more you know, the more you’ll make an emotional connection to the art and the greater appreciation you’ll receive from your investment. Plain and simple, it just feels good. And that’s what we all want more of, right?
I’m a big believer in having positive energy surrounding me. And once you know more about the art, the process, the artist, and the vision, you’ll know if the energy will offer your living or working space with the right vibe. Explore for yourself.
“Objects are People Too” in the Everyday Objects as Art gallery. While this art print may not be able to speak, I think they’d have a lot to say. Someone turned an old cash register on its side, and left it out in the elements to rust and deteriorate. The keys were stripped of their covers and our eager friends were left here naked to the elements. Can you imagine the stories they would tell, if they could?
My most recent journal entry and print.
This sunny face of the sunflower symbol has captivated cultures for centuries. Sunflower symbols show up throughout history. Just take a look at the arts. Sunflower designs adorn pottery, tapestries, currencies, postage stamps, and paintings. Van Gogh painted 11 paintings of sunflowers, and the number of flowers in those paintings totaled 87.