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02-03-10 – Abstract Thoughts

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  • #1761
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    Photography in the abstract style. Difficulty: No stained glass (aka Mondrian). Note (from Wikipedia): “Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world”

    Thanks for the theme suggestion, olavf!

    #26149
    Morningbreath
    Participant

    http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=19

    here is a gallery of abstract photos, if people are looking for ideas, or don’t really have a clue as to what “abstract” means(like me)

    and here is a definition:

    Abstract
    In the photographic sense, an image that is conceived apart from concrete reality, generally emphasizing lines, colours and geometrical forms, and their relationship to one another.

    #26150
    U-Man
    Participant

    Holy shiat Morningbreath, some of the photos in that link are really, really, really good. Humbling.

    I was going to say that this style resonates with me. But I love all of this stuff.

    #26151
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    I agree those are cool photos, but a lot of them I woudln’t have thought “abstract” when seeing them. When I think abstract photography I think of stuff that doesn’t have much obvious “object”/”subject” to it. I’m gonna have to do more reading up on this one myself…

    #26152
    lokisbong
    Participant

    I agree those are cool photos, but a lot of them I woudln’t have thought “abstract” when seeing them. When I think abstract photography I think of stuff that doesn’t have much obvious “object”/”subject” to it. I’m gonna have to do more reading up on this one myself…

    That was my impression also. like the blurry xmas lights in my “spiked nog” happy holidays entry.

    #26153
    U-Man
    Participant

    I agree with both of you. That was my opinion before doing a little googling. It seems many people out there use a broader definition.

    IMO we have to use a broad definition and it will be interesting to see what our voters think. I have a few things in my files and have an idea or two. They are all subject-less.

    #26154
    olavf
    Participant

    Here’s some humbling examples of what a I had in mind when I suggested the theme:

    http://www.thephotoargus.com/inspiration/40-astounding-examples-of-abstract-photography/

    which is almost ‘pure’ abstraction. But, I like the wikipedia definition of “abstract art”:

    “Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world”

    Which to me means not taking a picture of a “thing”, but rather the shapes, textures, patterns, etc. that make up that thing, or collection of things

    #26155
    lokisbong
    Participant

    That makes a lot of sense to me Olavf. This is why I do farktography. So I can learn new photography styles and techniques.

    #26156
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    The examples olavf linked to, and the wikipedia definition of abstract art are definitely more along the lines of what I think of when I think abstract photography. I think we shouldn’t go *too* broad because then it really isn’t abstract, but finding a line for what’s abstract vs what isn’t will almost certainly be impossible. Maybe something from the wikipedia entry can be added to the description to help clarify for people?

    #26157
    U-Man
    Participant

    …but finding a line for what’s abstract vs what isn’t will almost certainly be impossible.

    That point was in my head. But I didn’t make it.:) I think we should aim at the wiki definition and accept a broad interpretation –> and then let the voters decide.

    The examples that olavf provided speak to me. They say, “look at the incredibly cool shiat you can do with a camera and a nicely twisted imagination.”

    I notice that many of the images I found are heavily photoshopped. Should we include a rule reminder? Or is the description getting too big already?

    #26158
    U-Man
    Participant
    #26159
    Kestrana
    Participant

    For once this is a contest where I will have far too many ideas rather than 1-2 good ones and a punt for #3.

    #26160
    olavf
    Participant

    Okay, back with a working keyboard attached to my laptop :/

    Adding some form of the wiki definition to the description doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all. Looking through Google myself, it seems like there are a lot of things billed as ‘abstract’ that really don’t seem to fit any definition that I’ve seen.

    I don’t know that adding a no photoshopping reminder is all that necessary though, since all the other normal rules apply too…

    /U-man, I hear ya. I’ve been poking through my own stuff and there are a number of shots that I’d classify as abstract.

    #26161
    LeicaLens
    Participant

    http://photos.imageevent.com/ulle17/fark/Oil-on-Water-5.jpg
    http://photos.imageevent.com/ulle17/fark/Smoke-11.jpg (crop the candle)

    You should combine these two for Smoke on the Waaaaaaaaaaaattttttteeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

    And fire on the ice (or was it “in the eyes”?)

    #26162
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    I think it was “A fire in the skies”. I can’t hear that song without thinking of pep band since we played it so much then…

    Oh and U-man: Didn’t you use that candle pic in another contest already?

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