By changing the way you look at the world, and the perspective you view through your camera lens, you can find something unique to convey with an abstract image. Instead of capturing your still-life photo from a traditional perspective, try a few different angles and see what it looks like from below or above. Train your eye to look beyond what’s right in front of you.
Get ready for a close-up.
A great way to explore a new perspective is by zooming in on recognizable subject matter. Artists like Aaron Siskind, for example, play with scale to examine and add emphasis to the details of an object. “A lot of people use macro lenses to do this type of photography because it simplifies the subject,” explains Tryforos. Using a macro lens can help you explore those details. Consider taking a macro photograph of sand on a beach. When you remove the sand from the context of the beach, and instead focus on the shadows, texture, and lighting of those individual grains, you’ve created an abstract image.
Create abstract landscapes.
While abstraction aims to abandon subject matter, landscape photography captures an environment and realistically showcases its beauty. Those goals may seem at odds, but nature can inspire stunning abstract landscape photography.
Aerial shots and intentionally moving the camera or obscuring the scale of a photo can transform recognizable landscapes into intriguing abstract images. For example, if you pan your camera quickly past a forest as you take a photo, the colors will blur and the outlines of each branch will melt away. By approaching common landscapes from a new perspective, you can transform them into the abstract.