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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.

abstract wood chips

Abstract Wood Chips

face shapes

Face Shapes

purple led lights reflect in bubbles

Purple LED Lights Reflect In Bubbles

sporadic lights trail pattern

Sporadic Lights Trail Pattern

a plain blue wooden door

A Plain Blue Wooden Door

metallic-looking flower petals enveloped by pink smoke

Metallic-Looking Flower Petals Enveloped By Pink Smoke

macro rose petals

Macro Rose Petals

light streaks and bubbles

Light Streaks And Bubbles

paper folded and colored by light

Paper Folded And Colored By Light

glass windows creating repeat pattern

Glass Windows Creating Repeat Pattern

a white silky flower spills white tendrils of smoke

A White Silky Flower Spills White Tendrils Of Smoke

jewlers organized rotary tool accesories

Jewlers Organized Rotary Tool Accesories

red paper curves to make an abstract gradient

Red Paper Curves To Make An Abstract Gradient

two different textures of sand

Two Different Textures Of Sand

a bridge sitting in thick pink and purple fog

A Bridge Sitting In Thick Pink And Purple Fog

creamy billows of smoke in a lilac space

Creamy Billows Of Smoke In A Lilac Space

urban reflections

Urban Reflections

cascading ripples in the water

Cascading Ripples In The Water

rain drops illuminated on window

Rain Drops Illuminated On Window

photo of black and pink shapes

Photo Of Black And Pink Shapes

abstract yellow light through wet glass

Abstract Yellow Light Through Wet Glass

biking through an underground structure

Biking Through An Underground Structure

window pattern in white building

Window Pattern In White Building

symmetrical apartment building under clouds

Symmetrical Apartment Building Under Clouds

yellow and blue patterned paper background

Yellow And Blue Patterned Paper Background

curved buildings meeting in the middle

Curved Buildings Meeting In The Middle

leading lines a holey walls

Leading Lines A Holey Walls

close up of bubbles in a pink glass

Close Up Of Bubbles In A Pink Glass

soft pink and black geometric abstract shapes

Soft Pink And Black Geometric Abstract Shapes

abstract image of lime green and pink marbling

Abstract Image Of Lime Green And Pink Marbling

a white building with beige windows

A White Building With Beige Windows

orange colors of cascading ripples in water

Orange Colors Of Cascading Ripples In Water

tree silhouetted against a white sky

Tree Silhouetted Against A White Sky

abstract image of paper in pink and blue stripes

Abstract Image Of Paper In Pink And Blue Stripes

marbling of vibrant pink and purple colors

Marbling Of Vibrant Pink And Purple Colors

abstract triangles of red orange and blue

Abstract Triangles Of Red Orange And Blue

a pattern with a cement staircase

A Pattern With A Cement Staircase

abstract image of purple and blue marbling color

Abstract Image Of Purple And Blue Marbling Color

patterned tunnels on the concrete wall

Patterned Tunnels On The Concrete Wall

wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights

long exposure on a moving escalator

Long Exposure On A Moving Escalator

abstract image of three triangles of color

Abstract Image Of Three Triangles Of Color

close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans

abstract photo of red marbling into white

Abstract Photo Of Red Marbling Into White

textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand

sky view of a river and the shoreline

Sky View Of A River And The Shoreline

white and blue marbling abstract view

White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

colourful light creates bokeh

Colourful Light Creates Bokeh

blurry abstract photo of glass bottles

Blurry Abstract Photo Of Glass Bottles

rain drops on a bright window

Rain Drops On A Bright Window

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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.