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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.

building on an angle with colorful balcony walls

Building On An Angle With Colorful Balcony Walls

red paper curves to make an abstract gradient

Red Paper Curves To Make An Abstract Gradient

light and cubes modern abstract structure

Light And Cubes Modern Abstract Structure

tendrils of smoke curl off this flower

Tendrils Of Smoke Curl Off This Flower

man stood in garden with vertical landscape ahead

Man Stood In Garden With Vertical Landscape Ahead

abstract white marble and a ladder

Abstract White Marble And A Ladder

hanging silver chains

Hanging Silver Chains

modern architecture art installation

Modern Architecture Art Installation

yellow and beige apartment building and balconies

Yellow And Beige Apartment Building And Balconies

abstract image of two people from different angles

Abstract Image Of Two People From Different Angles

wood shoe forms hang

Wood Shoe Forms Hang

a cloud of pink paint in water

A Cloud Of Pink Paint In Water

candyfloss wreaths ring a white flower

Candyfloss Wreaths Ring A White Flower

yellow and blue patterned paper background

Yellow And Blue Patterned Paper Background

side of an angled building with balconies

Side Of An Angled Building With Balconies

modern public abstract art

Modern Public Abstract Art

an orange flower simmers in smoke

An Orange Flower Simmers In Smoke

abstract yellow light through wet glass

Abstract Yellow Light Through Wet Glass

black flag with yellow stars from below

Black Flag With Yellow Stars From Below

hallway with a round roof top and people at the end

Hallway With A Round Roof Top And People At The End

rain drops cascading down bus window

Rain Drops Cascading Down Bus Window

abstract ink clouds in water

Abstract Ink Clouds In Water

yellow and purple in folded abstract pattern

Yellow And Purple In Folded Abstract Pattern

pinks and blues in folded abstract pattern

Pinks And Blues In Folded Abstract Pattern

interior modern architecture art piece

Interior Modern Architecture Art Piece

a red flower billows smokey clouds

A Red Flower Billows Smokey Clouds

a silken flower emits billows of white smoke

A Silken Flower Emits Billows Of White Smoke

macro rose petals

Macro Rose Petals

modern light circle light

Modern Light Circle Light

elderly person raises their fist

Elderly Person Raises Their Fist

hand touches the center of a crystal light

Hand Touches The Center Of A Crystal Light

abstract soap bubble light streaks

Abstract Soap Bubble Light Streaks

soft pink and black geometric abstract shapes

Soft Pink And Black Geometric Abstract Shapes

the centre of this orange flower stems

The Centre Of This Orange Flower Stems

paper folded and colored by light

Paper Folded And Colored By Light

tree silhouetted against a white sky

Tree Silhouetted Against A White Sky

a flower begins to seethe red and orange plumes

A Flower Begins To Seethe Red And Orange Plumes

the silver petals of a flower smoke purple waves.

The Silver Petals Of A Flower Smoke Purple Waves.

photo of black and pink shapes

Photo Of Black And Pink Shapes

orange smoke envelops an orange flower

Orange Smoke Envelops An Orange Flower

drone image of cyclist

Drone Image Of Cyclist

abstract image of three triangles of color

Abstract Image Of Three Triangles Of Color

a plain blue wooden door

A Plain Blue Wooden Door

sporadic lights trail pattern

Sporadic Lights Trail Pattern

light streaks and bubbles

Light Streaks And Bubbles

abstract light chases bubbles

Abstract Light Chases Bubbles

curved buildings meeting in the middle

Curved Buildings Meeting In The Middle

purple led lights reflect in bubbles

Purple LED Lights Reflect In Bubbles

stacked boxes in abstract art

Stacked Boxes In Abstract Art

squares on squares art

Squares On Squares Art

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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.