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.

the details in the water

The Details In The Water


textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand


brown building with winding staircases

Brown Building With Winding Staircases


city light creates colorful lines

City Light Creates Colorful Lines


a bride through a veil

A Bride Through A Veil


tall metal structure with weaving staircase

Tall Metal Structure With Weaving Staircase


two different textures of sand

Two Different Textures Of Sand


abstract image of purple and blue marbling color

Abstract Image Of Purple And Blue Marbling Color


marbling of vibrant pink and purple colors

Marbling Of Vibrant Pink And Purple Colors


sunrises under a stone bridge creating a pink sky

Sunrises Under A Stone Bridge Creating A Pink Sky


portrait view of some netting

Portrait View Of Some Netting


holes in a wall underground

Holes In A Wall Underground


dotted lines in a tunnel with light

Dotted Lines In A Tunnel With Light


leading lines in an underground tunnel

Leading Lines In An Underground Tunnel


underground symmetry in concrete

Underground Symmetry In Concrete


abstract image of lime green and pink marbling

Abstract Image Of Lime Green And Pink Marbling


a close up of some netting

A Close Up Of Some Netting


abstract photo of red marbling into white

Abstract Photo Of Red Marbling Into White


close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric


close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric


close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans


white and blue marbling abstract view

White And Blue Marbling Abstract View


a bridge sitting in thick pink and purple fog

A Bridge Sitting In Thick Pink And Purple Fog


red white and blue marbling abstract view

Red White And Blue Marbling Abstract View


pink and red marbling abstract view

Pink And Red Marbling Abstract View


abstract marbled colors in pink and purple

Abstract Marbled Colors In Pink And Purple


abstract photo of orange and green marbling

Abstract Photo Of Orange And Green Marbling


purple and white marbling abstract view

Purple And White Marbling Abstract View


purple and red marbling abstract view

Purple And Red Marbling Abstract View


abstract image of blue white marbling

Abstract Image Of Blue White Marbling


glass windows creating repeat pattern

Glass Windows Creating Repeat Pattern


abstract image of a blue clouds surrounded by white

Abstract Image Of A Blue Clouds Surrounded By White


close up of bubbles in a pink glass

Close Up Of Bubbles In A Pink Glass


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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.