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.

garden mirror

Garden Mirror

two different textures of sand

Two Different Textures Of Sand

a bubbling cloud of rich pink and yellow

A Bubbling Cloud Of Rich Pink And Yellow

close up of bubbles in a pink glass

Close Up Of Bubbles In A Pink Glass

man standing with mirrored walls

Man Standing With Mirrored Walls

a long-stemmed white flower emits wispy pink waves of smoke

A Long-Stemmed White Flower Emits Wispy Pink Waves Of Smoke

portrait of a woman painted on wall

Portrait Of A Woman Painted On Wall

marbling of vibrant pink and purple colors

Marbling Of Vibrant Pink And Purple Colors

glass building reflects blue

Glass Building Reflects Blue

abstract image of purple and blue marbling color

Abstract Image Of Purple And Blue Marbling Color

concrete spiral in monochrome

Concrete Spiral In Monochrome

orange ink in water

Orange Ink In Water

abstract photo of red marbling into white

Abstract Photo Of Red Marbling Into White

modern meets classic architecture

Modern Meets Classic Architecture

rain drops illuminated by colors on window

Rain Drops Illuminated By Colors On Window

smoky waves emanate from an orange flower

Smoky Waves Emanate From An Orange Flower

an orange flower erupts in smoke

An Orange Flower Erupts In Smoke

white and blue marbling abstract view

White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

symmetrical apartment building under clouds

Symmetrical Apartment Building Under Clouds

abstract photo of orange and green marbling

Abstract Photo Of Orange And Green Marbling

red light streaks above rail tracks

Red Light Streaks Above Rail Tracks

abstract image of a ceiling with metal lines

Abstract Image Of A Ceiling With Metal Lines

red white and blue marbling abstract view

Red White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

circular metal structure against a blue sky

Circular Metal Structure Against A Blue Sky

red and purple abstract ink clouds

Red And Purple Abstract Ink Clouds

city scene captured in motion

City Scene Captured In Motion

pink and red marbling abstract view

Pink And Red Marbling Abstract View

abstract modern architecture forced perspective

Abstract Modern Architecture Forced Perspective

purple and white marbling abstract view

Purple And White Marbling Abstract View

abstract purple light and lines

Abstract Purple Light And Lines

rust colored track curved and reflects in window

Rust Colored Track Curved And Reflects In Window

red green and white lines of a track

Red Green And White Lines Of A Track

backlit wire roof

Backlit Wire Roof

red fabric illuminated by the sun

Red Fabric Illuminated By The Sun

purple and red marbling abstract view

Purple And Red Marbling Abstract View

jewlers organized rotary tool accesories

Jewlers Organized Rotary Tool Accesories

wet window with a tall building out of focus

Wet Window With A Tall Building Out Of Focus

soap bubbles surrounded by light

Soap Bubbles Surrounded By Light

bubbles and light

Bubbles And Light

red and blues create a marble effect

Red And Blues Create A Marble Effect

triangle of round circles create a tree light shape

Triangle Of Round Circles Create A Tree Light Shape

blurry abstract photo of glass bottles

Blurry Abstract Photo Of Glass Bottles

cube structure abstract architecture

Cube Structure Abstract Architecture

a mildly wilting white flower in darkness

A Mildly Wilting White Flower In Darkness

modern architecture patterns

Modern Architecture Patterns

colored light reflects in glass

Colored Light Reflects In Glass

building on an angle with colorful balcony walls

Building On An Angle With Colorful Balcony Walls

single window in large brick wall

Single Window In Large Brick Wall

man with camera stood on a dock

Man With Camera Stood On A Dock

strands of light and color

Strands Of Light And Color

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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.