Take a whole new look at the ev­ery­day

Practical Photography (UK) - - Fine Art At Home -

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.

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