It has no clear path and that is the beauty of it.
Abstract photography has always been my favorite type of capturing images. It is one of the most creative ways to see the world. The rules in photography ceases to exist. There is no right or wrong way to compose an image, it is interpretive to the photographer as well as the viewer. From abstract architecture to everyday objects, to abstract sunrises, and landscapes, this is a form of photography of capturing everyday scenes while portraying them in a brand new light.
Abstract photography like abstract art is a conceptual art form. This field of photography is a creative way of taking a photo while eliminating an immediate association with the subject. It aims to identify what is easily overlooked and to display the beauty of itself while neglecting it’s context. Color, framing, lighting and shadows are used strategically to compose each composition. The beauty in this type of photography is that anyone can do it, and these beautiful frames are everywhere you look.
Anyone can take abstract photography and with time your eye will easily be able to see the scenes. Like with any art form, the technique takes time, patience and learning but more importantly abstract art takes creativity. I first started exploring this field with Chicago architecture photography, a subject matter that I am very familiar and passionate about. I began with focusing on the parts of a building’s architecture instead of the whole. With the Lincoln Park Pavilion, I zoomed into the beautiful, intricate patterns in the ceiling. While having this pattern fill the whole frame, it creates a stunning composition by itself, while neglecting what it is or the context around it. While this example is focused on architecture, this thinking can be done with any subject matter.
Another photo technique that I widely use is defocusing the scene. This creates a sort of bokeh effect. It is super easy, in which you turn your lens from autofocus to manual focus. Then your turn your focus ring until you get the desired effect. You may have to take a few images to get it just right but the outcome is quite interesting.
Capturing movement in your photos is a fun way to create a surreal effect as well. This sort of handheld long exposure is the most comparable to holding onto your personal paintbrush and drawing the scene yourself. I often open up my shutter for a second or two, while still maintaining a balance exposure, and moving the camera around. This technique is most personal to me. I never know what the outcome will be, but one thing for sure is that I was the one whoe created it.
Abstract landscape photography is a a wonderful way to see the world. It is a way of blurring the lines of reality and truly seeing the world from a different perspective. In the majority of my photography work, I either capture motion in a still scene or defocus what is in front of my eyes. These simple photo techniques can create a stunning and surreal effect.
Abstract architecture photography is such a unique way to capture a building and understand a city. Being a Chicago local photographer, I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded with some of the greatest and magnificent architecture in the world. The city is the perfect place to practice seeing abstractly. I began looking at Chicago’s architecture in a new light, focusing on the mullions of a bulding’s windows, or a small portion of balconies on an apartment complex’s facade. Noticing the small parts that make up the whole, offers a different point of view that has changed the way I experience the city.
Black and white abstract photography is simply beautiful. This type of photography is stripped away of distraction, and reveals it’s bare bones. What I love about black and white photography is the minimalism. It’s the simplicity that captures your interest. The focus lies in the contrast of light and dark, shadows and highlights which when done artfully, draws the viewers eyes throughout the image.