Thursday, 4 July 2013

Visual Abstraction

In recent months I've become very interested in abstract photography. A few of my previous photos of the week have been quite abstract (e.g. #4, #7, #16, #18) and I really enjoy creating them. It  involves a completely different mindset and approach to photography, similar to the contrast between abstract art and representational art. While the end result may bear little resemblance to the subject of the original photo, everything is abstracted from that image so it's important to think of the final product from the start.

This week I played around a lot more with my photos - mostly for fun but also partly because I just got a newer version of Photoshop (CS6) which is quite different to what I was using before (CS2). Yes, I'm well behind the times but I saw no need to fix what wasn't broken. It's fascinating learning all the new features but also a little tedious trying to re-learn how to do things that have changed. While there's probably some logic to it all, sometimes it seems that with new versions of software things get changed for the sake of change. I think it will take me a little while to get on top of it again. The new version is fantastic though!

These photos are all heavily altered and would be classified more as photo manipulations or digital artwork rather than photography. They are an experimental exploration rather than a cohesive set of images. Enjoy:













Larger versions of all these images can be viewed on my flickr photostream. Expect more in future!

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something.
Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

Pablo Picasso 

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