When most people think of abstract photography they think of strange colourful pieces that really catch the viewer’s eye. While in some cases this is true, the only real guideline to abstract photography is that there are no hard-and-fast rules. Abstract photography is generally an artist’s (the photographer) rendition of a normal object in an abnormal way. In many cases, this involves distortion of the image and loud vibrant colours, but in just as many cases this is simply a slightly skewed view of an object, landscape or person designed to catch your eye and provoke thought or discussion about the photograph.
So what are you waiting for? Go shoot – anything, everything. Let those twisted neurons find a path of their own. All that you’ve got to do is open your mind.
Photographer to look up: Alan Babbit
Alan Babbitt creates abstract fine art photography and loves to call himself the “photographer with lousy vision”. That’s right, one of the most famous abstract photographers is nearsighted! If this isn’t enough, Alan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2003 which has resulted in a nasty hand tremor … his response? He has worked the tremor into his work with great success. For an example of how Parkinson’s has affected (in a positive way no less) Alan’s work you only have to look at his recent “Tremor Enhanced” work.