Monday, January 7, 2013
When I create abstracts, I view the surrounding area as if it’s a giant Rorschach test
When I think about how the words abstracts and photography connect, my right brain tells me to zoom in, isolate, go macro, get dreamy, and find the picture within the picture. When I create abstracts, I view the surrounding area as if it's a giant Rorschach test. I look past the reality of the subject and think of ways I can portray it that get past the obvious. Whether I start with a large subject and extract a small section or begin with a macro subject and get even closer, the goal is still the same—create an image where a piece of the whole is as powerful, if not more so, than an image of the entire subject.
Abstract images are timeless. They stand alone. They are based on reality but the final product is a deviation from it. Abstract art may be defined as art that uses color, shape, form and texture in a nonrepresentational way. To create a successful abstract image, the same rules of photography apply to make good pictures of real world subjects. Choose an aperture that gives the depth of field that nets the effect you want. Use color to create drama or as a point of interest. Use the rule of thirds to highlight a focal point in the composition. Make sure the light enhances the subject. The bottom line is even though the goal is to create an image that is a departure from reality, the technical aspects of photography still apply.
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