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.

blue red pink and yellow paper fanned out

Blue Red Pink And Yellow Paper Fanned Out


a green triangle and an orange triangle on paper

A Green Triangle And An Orange Triangle On Paper


abstract image of colored paper in triangular shapes

Abstract Image Of Colored Paper In Triangular Shapes


curved rust colored natural walls

Curved Rust Colored Natural Walls


colorful lines in a gradient

Colorful Lines In A Gradient


blades of tall arching lush green grass

Blades Of Tall Arching Lush Green Grass


long exposure of fireworks exploding at night

Long Exposure Of Fireworks Exploding At Night


abstract image people enjoying fireworks at night

Abstract Image People Enjoying Fireworks At Night


yellow petals covered in yellow bokeh light

Yellow Petals Covered In Yellow Bokeh Light


circular metal structure against a blue sky

Circular Metal Structure Against A Blue Sky


abstract image of paper in pink and blue stripes

Abstract Image Of Paper In Pink And Blue Stripes


abstract triangles of red orange and blue

Abstract Triangles Of Red Orange And Blue


abstract image of colored paper creating horizontal lines

Abstract Image Of Colored Paper Creating Horizontal Lines


abstract background of four colored triangles

Abstract Background Of Four Colored Triangles


yellow and blue patterned paper background

Yellow And Blue Patterned Paper Background


abstract image of three triangles of color

Abstract Image Of Three Triangles Of Color


building on an angle with colorful balcony walls

Building On An Angle With Colorful Balcony Walls


rust colored track curved and reflects in window

Rust Colored Track Curved And Reflects In Window


yellow and beige apartment building and balconies

Yellow And Beige Apartment Building And Balconies


red green and white lines of a track

Red Green And White Lines Of A Track


side of an angled building with balconies

Side Of An Angled Building With Balconies


side of a building with no windows and a fences shadow

Side Of A Building With No Windows And A Fences Shadow


side of white building with windows and black balconies

Side Of White Building With Windows And Black Balconies


glass building reflecting the clouds above

Glass Building Reflecting The Clouds Above


hallway with a round roof top and people at the end

Hallway With A Round Roof Top And People At The End


abstract image of a ceiling with metal lines

Abstract Image Of A Ceiling With Metal Lines


red fabric illuminated by the sun

Red Fabric Illuminated By The Sun


macro of green curls of a plant

Macro Of Green Curls Of A Plant


blue and orange lines create a wavy pattern

Blue And Orange Lines Create A Wavy Pattern


abstract image of red white and orange lines curving together

Abstract Image Of Red White And Orange Lines Curving Together


abstract image of blue and orange lines curving

Abstract Image Of Blue And Orange Lines Curving


abstract image of orange lines

Abstract Image Of Orange Lines


triangle of round circles create a tree light shape

Triangle Of Round Circles Create A Tree Light Shape


colourful light creates bokeh

Colourful Light Creates Bokeh


triangle made of round circles

Triangle Made Of Round Circles


close up of bubbles in a pink glass

Close Up Of Bubbles In A Pink Glass


close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric


close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans


close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric


glass windows creating repeat pattern

Glass Windows Creating Repeat Pattern


textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand


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


abstract photo of orange and green marbling

Abstract Photo Of Orange And Green Marbling


abstract image of lime green and pink marbling

Abstract Image Of Lime Green And Pink Marbling


abstract photo of red marbling into white

Abstract Photo Of Red Marbling Into White


pink and red marbling abstract view

Pink And Red Marbling Abstract View


white and blue marbling abstract view

White And Blue Marbling Abstract View


red white and blue marbling abstract view

Red White And Blue Marbling Abstract View


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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.