Take a whole new look at the everyday
ABSTRACT ART IS possibly one of the hardest movements to define. One description of abstract art, according to the Tate, states that it ‘does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead uses shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect’.
What this means for the budding fine art photographer is that almost anything goes, and this is certainly an area where you can really have a lot of fun.
One of the easiest ways to produce some abstract art is to get up close to a mundane subject in order to get a view of it that’s out of the ordinary. The good news for anyone with a standard kit lens is that, zoomed out to their longest focal lengths, these lenses can deliver pretty decent close-up results. You won’t be getting true macro – which is defined as life-size or bigger – but you will be able to fill the frame with a section of your chosen object for a suitably abstract result.
Create art with everyday items
We made the abstract shot above from several layers of coloured card rolled over and laid on top of one another. We lit it from behind with a standard household lamp so that the light came through it, and we upped our ISO to a point where we could handhold the camera and try out different compositions. When you’re working close up, it’s important to consider the direction of your lighting as it can be easy to end up shooting in your own shadow and ruining your image.
Above When shot close-up, even the most mundane objects become artfully abstract.