Abstract photos

Abstract Photography uses unconventional colors, shapes, angles, and blur to convey a feeling, emotion or sensation. Browse our collection of high-quality abstract photos and experimental art - HD and free for commercial use.

purple and black ink drop

Purple And Black Ink Drop


abstract green & yellow vertical lines

Abstract Green & Yellow Vertical Lines


grunge painted texture

Grunge Painted Texture


green ink with yellow and orange drop

Green Ink With Yellow And Orange Drop


curls of smoke from a flower

Curls Of Smoke From A Flower


nest with string lights

Nest With String Lights


abstract background of four colored triangles

Abstract Background Of Four Colored Triangles


abstract image of man standing in road

Abstract Image Of Man Standing In Road


silver tubes abstract art

Silver Tubes Abstract Art


teal and pink abstract forms in water

Teal And Pink Abstract Forms In Water


abstract purple light shapes

Abstract Purple Light Shapes


hand in light on red

Hand In Light On Red


blues and greens in folded abstract pattern

Blues And Greens In Folded Abstract Pattern


abstract wave of colors

Abstract Wave Of Colors


Green And White Marbled Coloring

Green And White Marbled Coloring


abstract image of colored paper creating horizontal lines

Abstract Image Of Colored Paper Creating Horizontal Lines


rain droplets on a monochromatic window

Rain Droplets On A Monochromatic Window


black yellow and red ink

Black Yellow And Red Ink


just a drop of water

Just A Drop Of Water


sky through a wrought iron dome

Sky Through A Wrought Iron Dome


swirling purple light streaks

Swirling Purple Light Streaks


pattern of colorful artistic building windows

Pattern Of Colorful Artistic Building Windows


water falls like chandelier

Water Falls Like Chandelier


light casting shadows on abstract structure

Light Casting Shadows On Abstract Structure


abstract image of light leaks with purple background

Abstract Image Of Light Leaks With Purple Background


a drop of pink and yellow paint in water

A Drop Of Pink And Yellow Paint In Water


abstract colorful wall of orange and blue

Abstract Colorful Wall Of Orange And Blue


light and squares abstract art

Light And Squares Abstract Art


reverse ink volcano

Reverse Ink Volcano


garden mirror

Garden Mirror


man standing with mirrored walls

Man Standing With Mirrored Walls


glass building reflects blue

Glass Building Reflects Blue


a figure in white gauze strikes a pose in the woods

A Figure In White Gauze Strikes A Pose In The Woods


a few drops of pink and yellow trail colour in water

A Few Drops Of Pink And Yellow Trail Colour In Water


two-tone ink cloud

Two-Tone Ink Cloud


the fine petals of a flower bubble pink smoke

The Fine Petals Of A Flower Bubble Pink Smoke


modern meets classic architecture

Modern Meets Classic Architecture


portrait of a woman painted on wall

Portrait Of A Woman Painted On Wall


a bubbling cloud of rich pink and yellow

A Bubbling Cloud Of Rich Pink And Yellow


an orange flower erupts in smoke

An Orange Flower Erupts In Smoke


a long-stemmed white flower emits wispy pink waves of smoke

A Long-Stemmed White Flower Emits Wispy Pink Waves Of Smoke


a bridge sitting in thick pink and purple fog

A Bridge Sitting In Thick Pink And Purple Fog


red light streaks above rail tracks

Red Light Streaks Above Rail Tracks


a person in white netting strikes a pose in the woods

A Person In White Netting Strikes A Pose In The Woods


city scene captured in motion

City Scene Captured In Motion


a figure in white gauze walks towards the woods

A Figure In White Gauze Walks Towards The Woods


abstract modern architecture forced perspective

Abstract Modern Architecture Forced Perspective


backlit wire roof

Backlit Wire Roof


a figure in white tip toes on the edge of the woods

A Figure In White Tip Toes On The Edge Of the Woods


orange ink in water

Orange Ink In Water


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Inspiring, High-Quality Abstract Art and Digital Photography

On Abstract Photography

Abstract Photography is a unique and diverse genre of digital art. Sometimes called non-objective, experimental, conceptual or concrete photography - abstract photography is very unrestricted when it comes to stylistic elements. In general, the genre aims to depict a stunning and beautiful image that isn’t something that can be perceived in the real world.

This can take a number of forms. In some cases, a photograph might aim to capture motion in a single image through the use of blurring. Other techniques include using special cameras that are able to perceive sources of light that are invisible to the human eye (such as infrared cameras). Other popular techniques of abstract imagery include macro photography (photography producing photographs of small items in a larger than life size) and digital photography techniques and filters.

With other forms of photography, things like exposure, shape, motion and the composition of the image are more rigid - because the photographer is trying to capture an image in all its real-world beauty. However, with abstract art - there’s a lot more room to creatively play around with these tools. The abstract artist may choose to tinker with an audience's sense of time and space in a number of ways. They may choose to isolate a fragment of a natural scene - removing any context to the viewer or they might stage a scene to create an unreal imagining of an object through use of unconventional light, color, shadow, texture, or shape that conveys a feeling, emotion or sensation.

Blur the Line Between the Real and Fantastic

For some photographers - the urge to abstract comes naturally. Knowing how to be abstract is about knowing how to strip context away from a scene and still convey the feeling, sensation or moment of that scene. Think less about the object itself and what it means in-context and more about how the lines and colours of the object make you feel.

Curve, Color and Shape

When it comes to abstract photography - the way the lines and shades of an object play off of each other are the most important. Everyday items are built with a certain practicality in mind - so in general, the function takes precedent over the design.

When you’re taking abstract photos - you’re essentially stripping an item down to its bare essentials and re-designing it. Zoom in on the object and look at it from unique perspectives. Find shapes and lines that play off each other and give you a feeling that goes beyond the context of the object itself. Force yourself to look at the object in a new way and the need to abstract will come naturally.

Tips & Techniques for Experimental Photographs

1. Macro Photography

This is a type of photography that makes use of extreme close-ups. Macro photography is not always abstract, but generally zooming in close to an object will help you to see the object as a collection of lines and shapes playing off each other rather than an object as whole. This will help when trying to convey an image of the object in an abstract manner.

2. Be Experimental

Abstraction is not about viewing objects as they appear and following photographic guidelines. Don’t be afraid to shoot out of focus, blur subjects in motion, and use unconventional lighting and angles.

3. Go Digital

When working in more concrete genres - post-production is mostly confined to a rigid set of rules that help to give the image the best focus possible. With abstract photography - there are no such rules. Play around with extremes in levels and saturation and feel free to alter colours and shapes. Don’t get discouraged if it looks odd at first - play around with it and have fun! Remember, it’s called experimental art for a reason.