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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.

red and purple abstract ink clouds

Red And Purple Abstract Ink Clouds

a person in white netting strikes a pose in the woods

A Person In White Netting Strikes A Pose In The Woods

single window in large brick wall

Single Window In Large Brick Wall

orange ink in water

Orange Ink In Water

cube structure abstract architecture

Cube Structure Abstract Architecture

bubbles and light

Bubbles And Light

a mildly wilting white flower in darkness

A Mildly Wilting White Flower In Darkness

hanging silver chains

Hanging Silver Chains

light sneaks through cube structures in abstract art

Light Sneaks Through Cube Structures In Abstract Art

an orange flower smokes as if on fire

An Orange Flower Smokes As If On Fire

smoky waves emanate from an orange flower

Smoky Waves Emanate From An Orange Flower

modern architecture patterns

Modern Architecture Patterns

red and blues create a marble effect

Red And Blues Create A Marble Effect

man stood in garden with vertical landscape ahead

Man Stood In Garden With Vertical Landscape Ahead

wood shoe forms hang

Wood Shoe Forms Hang

a figure in white netting runs across lawn

A Figure In White Netting Runs Across Lawn

tendrils of smoke curl off this flower

Tendrils Of Smoke Curl Off This Flower

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

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

rain drops illuminated by colors on window

Rain Drops Illuminated By Colors On Window

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

modern public abstract art

Modern Public Abstract Art

strands of light and color

Strands Of Light And Color

modern architecture art installation

Modern Architecture Art Installation

a cloud of pink paint in water

A Cloud Of Pink Paint In Water

an orange flower simmers in smoke

An Orange Flower Simmers In Smoke

concrete spiral in monochrome

Concrete Spiral In Monochrome

modern light circle light

Modern Light Circle Light

candyfloss wreaths ring a white flower

Candyfloss Wreaths Ring A White Flower

rain drops cascading down bus window

Rain Drops Cascading Down Bus Window

abstract ink clouds in water

Abstract Ink Clouds In Water

a silken flower emits billows of white smoke

A Silken Flower Emits Billows Of White Smoke

interior modern architecture art piece

Interior Modern Architecture Art Piece

hand touches the center of a crystal light

Hand Touches The Center Of A Crystal Light

elderly person raises their fist

Elderly Person Raises Their Fist

drone image of cyclist

Drone Image Of Cyclist

orange smoke envelops an orange flower

Orange Smoke Envelops An Orange Flower

a red flower billows smokey clouds

A Red Flower Billows Smokey Clouds

yellow and purple in folded abstract pattern

Yellow And Purple In Folded Abstract Pattern

abstract white marble and a ladder

Abstract White Marble And A Ladder

the silver petals of a flower smoke purple waves.

The Silver Petals Of A Flower Smoke Purple Waves.

a bridge sitting in thick pink and purple fog

A Bridge Sitting In Thick Pink And Purple Fog

glass windows creating repeat pattern

Glass Windows Creating Repeat Pattern

stacked boxes in abstract art

Stacked Boxes In Abstract Art

abstract soap bubble light streaks

Abstract Soap Bubble Light Streaks

pinks and blues in folded abstract pattern

Pinks And Blues In Folded Abstract Pattern

squares on squares art

Squares On Squares Art

the centre of this orange flower stems

The Centre Of This Orange Flower Stems

a flower begins to seethe red and orange plumes

A Flower Begins To Seethe Red And Orange Plumes

abstract wood chips

Abstract Wood Chips

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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.