Abstraction encourages you to first examine your subject closely before playing with how to transform it. There are numerous ways to move from the identifiable to the obscure, which is intriguing for the viewer. Experiment with documenting objects in unexpected ways using the following techniques.
Look for reflective surfaces.
Photo by mrkarisma.
When light interacts with something reflective, such as a puddle, glass, or a foggy mirror, it can transform the glossy surface into something more dynamic. With a new element added, the surface becomes a sort of tangible double exposure of its own. This can of course be perplexing and fascinating as the viewer seeks to find identifiable pieces of this new puzzle.
Play with focus.
Images by jardelfontenelle.
Deliberately avoid clearly focusing on your subject for a soft, delicate visual. This look can communicate a certain feeling, ultimately giving you a mysterious result that leaves the viewer curious and thoughtful.
Get up close.
Photo by vavin.
Getting close to your subject, whether by actual proximity or by cropping in after the fact, can eliminate “clues” that give away the greater context. Take time and study multiple facets of the object. Look at the subject from all angles and be open to the unexpected.
Blur the scene.
Movement, low lighting conditions, or manipulation of your shutter speed are all ways to create a blurred image. You can capture an image as a moment through time rather than frozen in place. Give it a try in low light, without your flash.
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