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.

orange ink in water

Orange Ink In Water


red and purple abstract ink clouds

Red And Purple Abstract Ink Clouds


abstract purple light and lines

Abstract Purple Light And Lines


rain drops illuminated by colors on window

Rain Drops Illuminated By Colors On Window


colored light reflects in glass

Colored Light Reflects In Glass


soap bubbles surrounded by light

Soap Bubbles Surrounded By Light


single window in large brick wall

Single Window In Large Brick Wall


bubbles and light

Bubbles And Light


blue red pink and yellow paper fanned out

Blue Red Pink And Yellow Paper Fanned Out


a mildly wilting white flower in darkness

A Mildly Wilting White Flower In Darkness


cube structure abstract architecture

Cube Structure Abstract Architecture


red and blues create a marble effect

Red And Blues Create A Marble Effect


man with camera stood on a dock

Man With Camera Stood On A Dock


an orange flower smokes as if on fire

An Orange Flower Smokes As If On Fire


concrete spiral in monochrome

Concrete Spiral In Monochrome


smoky waves emanate from an orange flower

Smoky Waves Emanate From An Orange Flower


modern architecture patterns

Modern Architecture Patterns


light sneaks through cube structures in abstract art

Light Sneaks Through Cube Structures In Abstract Art


hanging silver chains

Hanging Silver Chains


man stood in garden with vertical landscape ahead

Man Stood In Garden With Vertical Landscape Ahead


glass windows creating repeat pattern

Glass Windows Creating Repeat Pattern


tendrils of smoke curl off this flower

Tendrils Of Smoke Curl Off This Flower


wood shoe forms hang

Wood Shoe Forms Hang


strands of light and color

Strands Of Light And Color


abstract image of two people from different angles

Abstract Image Of Two People From Different Angles


light and cubes modern abstract structure

Light And Cubes Modern Abstract Structure


two different textures of sand

Two Different Textures Of Sand


modern architecture art installation

Modern Architecture Art Installation


a cloud of pink paint in water

A Cloud Of Pink Paint In Water


a green triangle and an orange triangle on paper

A Green Triangle And An Orange Triangle On Paper


curved rust colored natural walls

Curved Rust Colored Natural Walls


modern public abstract art

Modern Public Abstract Art


close up of bubbles in a pink glass

Close Up Of Bubbles In A Pink Glass


abstract image of colored paper in triangular shapes

Abstract Image Of Colored Paper In Triangular Shapes


yellow petals covered in yellow bokeh light

Yellow Petals Covered In Yellow Bokeh Light


an orange flower simmers in smoke

An Orange Flower Simmers In Smoke


candyfloss wreaths ring a white flower

Candyfloss Wreaths Ring A White Flower


abstract image of paper in pink and blue stripes

Abstract Image Of Paper In Pink And Blue Stripes


rain drops cascading down bus window

Rain Drops Cascading Down Bus Window


abstract ink clouds in water

Abstract Ink Clouds In Water


abstract white marble and a ladder

Abstract White Marble And A Ladder


interior modern architecture art piece

Interior Modern Architecture Art Piece


a silken flower emits billows of white smoke

A Silken Flower Emits Billows Of White Smoke


modern light circle light

Modern Light Circle Light


abstract image of lime green and pink marbling

Abstract Image Of Lime Green And Pink Marbling


marbling of vibrant pink and purple colors

Marbling Of Vibrant Pink And Purple Colors


hand touches the center of a crystal light

Hand Touches The Center Of A Crystal Light


pinks and blues in folded abstract pattern

Pinks And Blues In Folded Abstract Pattern


elderly person raises their fist

Elderly Person Raises Their Fist


jewlers organized rotary tool accesories

Jewlers Organized Rotary Tool Accesories


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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.