Abstract Photo: Playing With Shutter Speed

Definition of Abstract Photography

Abstract Photography is not hard to job but getting good abstract is not an easy job! As the word abstract is, the definition of abstract photography is also not having the exact definition. But for the definition, it is a photography which does not represent the subject in a literal way. And is communicated primarily through shape, form, colour, pattern, texture and curves rather than image detail.

Already defining abstract photography, now we will see some ways to get wonderful abstract photos by simple techniques.

How to do Abstract Photography

As its conceptual and experimental photography, we can get the abstract  images by,

  • A soft focus close-up of an object
  • Shooting the surface only
  • Macro photography
  • Looking for patterns, textures, lines
  • Grab the attention by colours
  • Blurring Images
  • Shooting subtle shadows
  • Playing with shutter speed

There will be much more techniques and tricks, one can explore while playing with a camera.

Further Information on Abstract Photography

BookThe Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography by Lyle Rexer

The-Edge-of-Vision-Abstract-PhotographyThe first book in English to document the phenomenon of Abstract Photography and to put it into historical context. Author Lyle Rexer examines abstractions with illustrated history of the topic, explores a multitude of photographers-Edward Weston, Aaron Siskind, Barbara Kasten, Ellen Carey and James Welling. The book also throws light the works of many contemporary artists -most prominently Penelope Umbrico, Michael Flomen, and Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. Interviews with key practitioners and critics of the subject.

Interview With Lyle Rexer

This clip is part of the series of video interviews including the curator, Lyle Rexer, and artists from the exhibition on view at Aperture Gallery, “The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography” from May 15 to July 16, 2009.

Get Inspirations from Famous Abstract Photographers

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Penelope Umbrico

Penelope Umbrico

Photographer best known for appropriating images found using search engines and picture sharing websites. She has held many solos and group exhibitions. Alos honoured with many awards and grants. Ms Penelope has been teaching photography at many of the world reputed universities and colleges. She works as the faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In her own words, “I employ traditional photographic techniques and methods of appropriation, extraction, multiple production, and intervention, to explore how we, as a culture, make and use images.” For more information on Penelope Umbrico’s Works and Biography.

Ellen Carey

Ellen Carey

Ellen Carey  is an educator, independent scholar, guest curator, photographer and lens-based artist from the USA. Ellen Carey- Associate Professor in Photography for almost 25 years at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford,  whose experimental work spans over three decades 1976–2015. For more information on Penelope Umbrico’s Works and Biography.

Other Abstract Photographers/Artists

Works of other photographers can be visited by clicking the name.

Nicki Stager: Nicki Stager exposes photosensitive paper to coloured lights, producing richly hued, abstract, painterly photographs entirely without the use of a camera

Shirine Gill:  She likes the experimental aspect of playing with a variety of materials like light, fabric, paper and glass to create compositions that blur the boundaries of photography, drawing and painting. Her goal is to create images that have not existed before.

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin : Adam Broomberg from Johannesburg, South Africa and Oliver Chanarin from London, UK are the artists living and working in London.

This was my first attempt to share information on the subject related to weekly photo challenge- Abstract. I hope you all loved this.