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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.

a silken flower emits billows of white smoke

A Silken Flower Emits Billows Of White Smoke

modern light circle light

Modern Light Circle Light

red paper curves to make an abstract gradient

Red Paper Curves To Make An Abstract Gradient

a red flower billows smokey clouds

A Red Flower Billows Smokey Clouds

pinks and blues in folded abstract pattern

Pinks And Blues In Folded Abstract Pattern

abstract photo of orange and green marbling

Abstract Photo Of Orange And Green Marbling

yellow and purple in folded abstract pattern

Yellow And Purple In Folded Abstract Pattern

colorful lines in a gradient

Colorful Lines In A Gradient

white and blue marbling abstract view

White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

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

red white and blue marbling abstract view

Red White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

long exposure of fireworks exploding at night

Long Exposure Of Fireworks Exploding At Night

pink and red marbling abstract view

Pink And Red Marbling Abstract View

purple and white marbling abstract view

Purple And White Marbling Abstract View

orange smoke envelops an orange flower

Orange Smoke Envelops An Orange Flower

yellow and blue patterned paper background

Yellow And Blue Patterned Paper Background

abstract image of a ceiling with metal lines

Abstract Image Of A Ceiling With Metal Lines

drone image of cyclist

Drone Image Of Cyclist

red fabric illuminated by the sun

Red Fabric Illuminated By The Sun

abstract soap bubble light streaks

Abstract Soap Bubble Light Streaks

the silver petals of a flower smoke purple waves.

The Silver Petals Of A Flower Smoke Purple Waves.

abstract yellow light through wet glass

Abstract Yellow Light Through Wet Glass

macro rose petals

Macro Rose Petals

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

stacked boxes in abstract art

Stacked Boxes In Abstract Art

wet window with a tall building out of focus

Wet Window With A Tall Building Out Of Focus

blurry abstract photo of glass bottles

Blurry Abstract Photo Of Glass Bottles

purple and red marbling abstract view

Purple And Red Marbling Abstract View

paper folded and colored by light

Paper Folded And Colored By Light

squares on squares art

Squares On Squares Art

abstract wood chips

Abstract Wood Chips

a plain blue wooden door

A Plain Blue Wooden Door

abstract light chases bubbles

Abstract Light Chases Bubbles

rust colored track curved and reflects in window

Rust Colored Track Curved And Reflects In Window

sporadic lights trail pattern

Sporadic Lights Trail Pattern

circular metal structure against a blue sky

Circular Metal Structure Against A Blue Sky

face shapes

Face Shapes

black and white view of abstract structure

Black And White View Of Abstract Structure

orange smoke bubbles off a flower

Orange Smoke Bubbles Off A Flower

triangle of round circles create a tree light shape

Triangle Of Round Circles Create A Tree Light Shape

purple led lights reflect in bubbles

Purple LED Lights Reflect In Bubbles

red green and white lines of a track

Red Green And White Lines Of A Track

photo of black and pink shapes

Photo Of Black And Pink Shapes

light streaks and bubbles

Light Streaks And Bubbles

black flag with yellow stars from below

Black Flag With Yellow Stars From Below

metallic-looking flower petals enveloped by pink smoke

Metallic-Looking Flower Petals Enveloped By Pink Smoke

soft pink and black geometric abstract shapes

Soft Pink And Black Geometric Abstract Shapes

a white silky flower spills white tendrils of smoke

A White Silky Flower Spills White Tendrils Of Smoke

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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.