Abstract photography

This is artistic photography of a green carpet coral from the Kimberley coast. It is abstract photography because the patterns, color and composition are what gives its initial appeal. If I didn't tell you what it is, most people wouldn't know.

abstract photography, Broome Australia, coral

Interestingly, when people see this as a large canvas print, a common reaction is...

...it's beautiful - I really like it... what is it?.

And therein lies a good clue to the question...

...What is abstract photography?

The content of an abstract photography photograph is less important than the color, texture, patterns and composition. And the picture can be ambiguous on first investigation.

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Kimberley062 Art Coral is a smooth green coral that has beautiful patterns. This image in real life is an area of about two centimeters, but enlarged to 60cm by 40cm on stretched canvas it makes an extraordinary piece of abstract nature photography.

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This is the face of a Porcupine Fish. There are often juveniles trapped in small pools when the Kimberly's giant tides recede.

This is recognizable as a fish but the dramatic sense of lines and color and...

...the way I choose to see and frame the creature...

overpowers the detail to create a more dramatic response to the picture as a piece of photography art.

This picture crosses over a link between abstract photography and anthropomorphic art...

...because the lines, color and patterns are engaging before we realize what it is we are seeing. But then you look further and the eyes and the 'kissable lips' create anthropomorphic art values, in that we see human characteristics in the photo.

It is as much about..

...what is excluded from the frame..

..as what we see and how the shot is composed that can get our attention to create an artistic photograph.

My approach is often to look for images that work as an Abstract Wildlife Photograph as well as a recognizable marine animal. The key is whether I feel some an emotional response to the image..

Abstract photography

Abstract photography makes great modern art prints This picture is called "Lovable fish" and is a wildlife art picture that has elements of photo realism and abstract art.

It is important to understand that...

...photographs often don't fit tight definitions, and will often have characteristics that cross boundaries of style and definition.

Sometimes what appears initially as abstract photography is simply something foreign to us us, like a strange sea creature. On closer examination the subject gives up its form - but it is still the initial photography abstract emotional draw that makes the connection for us.

Abstract photographs have their first impact outside of context and form - but then they may fit with meaning in a context or collection.

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This is a trevally fish's eye. I have a 1.5 meter by 1 meter canvas of this in the Line of Sight Exhibition and it draws a lot of comment. Through this picture, I learnt a lot about my values and judgements from visitors to the exhibition when it was at the Notre Dame University campus in Broome. People would say things like...

...wow, this is my favorite...I love it...what is it.

Or they might say something like...

..."It's like looking out of a spacecraft into space...

...0r "It makes me think of the eye of a cyclone on mars."

Then they might ask what it is. Other people saw different things to me. So I learnt that the key to abstract photography for me, and probably others, is probably...

...individual emotional and imaginative responses.

It is something you have to experiment with and learn from experience and it is worth testing your own views against other people's responses as often as possible.

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This is an abstract art photo of a Kimberley rock surface - a great subject for me to practice with - to experiment and see what works for me.

Abstract photography can be a real personal journey of discovery to see what works for us individually - but it is really important to test our own values with others at times and ultimately...

... to create some level of personal theoretical language...

to get an understanding of what we are creating, or trying to create. Otherwise we could just go a bit nutty.

My mum used to tell a great joke that can help to put in perspective what is nutty and what is a healthy obsession. It goes like this:

The pancake story
...I like pancakes. Do you like pancakes?
...er..yes, I like pancakes.
...Well you should come round my place - I've got cupboards full of them.

Some people get the message of that joke - some don't. If you don't get it, you probably could start to mix a bit of theory with your experiments in abstract photography. Start with...

...Towards a definition of abstract photography...page under construction.

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artistic-photography, wildlife art, Kimberley coast

artistic-photography, wildlife art, Kimberley coast

artistic-photography, wildlife art, Kimberley coast

artistic-photography, wildlife art, Kimberley coast

artistic-photography, wildlife art, Kimberley coast

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artistic-photography, wildlife art, Kimberley coast

artistic-photography, wildlife art, Kimberley coast

artistic-photography, wildlife art, Kimberley coast

artistic-photography, wildlife art, Kimberley coast

artistic-photography, wildlife art, Kimberley coast