What makes great abstract images?
Abstract photography consists of images created using photography materials and equipment that don’t have an immediate association with the physical world. Abstract photographers use perspective, movement, and light to transform the world we see into an unexpected, often unrecognizable image. “Abstract photography is not representational. It might explore the texture or detail of everyday objects, or make you think of something else,” explains professor and photographer Tina Tryforos. There’s no exact step-by-step guide to creating the abstract, but there are some general principles artists can experiment with to bring their photographs into the abstract realm.
Play with perspective.
Typically, photographs are representations of the real world, but abstract images take things in a new direction. “I always ask beginners to think about the world in a less concrete way. Explore new things and think about light and shadow in a different way, and consider shape and repetition. I try to encourage them to step outside of what they know,” says Tryforos.