According to the font of all internet knowledge, Wikipedia, abstracts are “a visual language of shape, form, colour and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world”.
They can be a get out of jail free card, when your chosen subject/situation fails. However, I feel the abstract is much maligned, and should be treated as a subject in it’s own right.
Below are 2 abstracts, one of which was planned, the other was more spontaneous.
I went out to shoot bluebells, however I was around a week early, so didn’t get the full carpet of blue I was hoping for – The Bluebells are nearly ready
Wandering around Nymans wood, I came across some trees that looked just right for playing with vertical blur – reasonably straight, reasonably close together, and not very well lit.
Out of the 30 or so exposures, only this one came out to my satisfaction.
Whilst it still shows woodland, it is abstract enough to make one look closely at the image as it is not immediately apparent.
This was a planned shot, I had seen this subject on a previous dive, and the underwater photography group I was a member of had ‘Patterns’ as a theme in an upcoming monthly competition, so when we revisited the site I did so equipped to take this image.
The spiralling patterns and appearance of feathers are actually from a tube worm, a filter feeder found in oceans all over the world.
By shooting close up and parallel to the radiola (feeding arms) there is little to show it is a tube worm, and unless one is a diver or biologist, it is not apparent what the subject actually is.
I placed 3rd in that months competition.