Assignment 18: Abstract Photography

This month’s assignment is going to be a lot of fun.  Abstract Photography, I am guessing, means something different to each of us. Being me, I needed a definition to wrap my creative mind around and found one (see the photo caption below) which will help me in this assignment. If anyone has other definitions or ideas, add them to the comments, I would really like to read them.

I am going to be very loose on this assignment.  In camera or in post, create your abstract photos any way you want.  Let your imagination go and show us what you got!

I want to thank Isa of Isathreadsoflife’s Blog for suggesting this assignment to me.  It would not be something I would have considered otherwise.

Abstract photography communicates primarily through form, color, and curves rather than image detail.

Abstract photography communicates primarily through form, color, and curves rather than image detail.

This month, I will be giving away a copy to an assignment participant of Nature & Outdoor Photography by Brenda Tharp which delves into finding abstract compositions in nature among its chapters.

As in the other assignments, do not send me your photos. What I would like you to do is post them on your blog, flickr, Google+ or other photo sharing site, personal website or any other place on the Internet where you can place a link to it here by making a comment to this blog entry. Then we can visit those sites and enjoy everyone’s Abstract photos.

Please, have your photos posted on or before Midnight (your time zone), Wednesday, March 21, 2012.  Might be a good time to start up a blog or join a photo community like flickr.  As I have done for all the Assignments, I’ll put together a recap with my comments.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will be happy to answer them. With the addition of the book prize, I would doubly appreciate it if you would help spread the word about this assignment so we can get lots of people to participate. Blog it, Tweet it, FaceBook it, Google+ it, email it and talk about it to your fellow photographers, bloggers, friends and family. Thank you!

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62 Responses to Assignment 18: Abstract Photography

  1. Robin says:

    This sounds like fun as well as something I can do. 🙂


  2. Simone says:

    oh I like abstracts, they’re great fun! here’s mine:


  3. Karma says:

    Up my alley, huh? Never really thought of myself as much of an abstract-type person, but of course I will happily take on the assignment! 🙂


  4. Giiid says:

    Interesting. How abstract did you have in mind? Do you mean a photo totally without any recognizable things? is I´m sure it will be fun, and I´m looking forward to see all the photos.


  5. Gerry says:

    I’m wide awake at 3:00 a.m. and have nothing in mind either – but undertook to commit abstraction anyway:


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  8. Carsten says:

    An interesting subject for this assignment Scott. You can see my contribution via the link.


  9. Truels says:

    Once again, Scott, thank you for a wonderful challenge. I am very fond of these assignments, since each time tempt me to try something new – and learn something new. And this time we also need to PLAY! I will let PLAY be my own short definition of “abstract” ( My dictionary says: “….abstract art as an art that moves away from the immediate representation of reality in favor of new and unfamiliar constellations of image features (lines, shapes, colors).” ( – To PLAY sounds more fun – right?!


  10. flandrumhill says:

    Hi Scott, thanks for the challenge. My abstract submission is at


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  13. Star Bear says:

    Thanks to Robin (bogs of ohio, above) I found my way here. Thank you Scott for this opportunity – I am posting 2 of my favorite abstractions – each very different, as I am frequently distracted by abstractions – 🙂

    Snow Drift  S


    • Larry Eiss says:

      LOVE the snow drift on Flickr! The Heart Wash image was also interesting. Especially cool was that after scrolling down to read further, when I scrolled back up, the first thing I saw was a left-facing profile of a young mad. The “heart” has a small bump on the left side, which became for me his nose. The right lobe of the heart became his ear, and the black area above the heart became his hair. Maybe you can see it too.


      • starbear says:

        Thank you Larry for your comments. Snow Drift S is one of my own favorites – for it’s subtlety and sensuous minimalism. A lot of folks may not see sensual in snow, but this one caught it for me.
        I n regard to the heart – looking again I saw what you were talking about… unintentional. What I love about that one are the wash of colors moving across it and the bubbles. As a large print it is very tactile.
        Thanks again for looking.


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  16. norasongbird says:

    Here is my contribution:
    Space Wheel


  17. Giiid says:

    This time I´m early with my contribution, perhaps I will make one more…anyway here is something almost abstract:


  18. Colette says:

    This is my first contribution to any photo contest ever. This is a painting I did using ink on watercolor paper:


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  20. Larry Eiss says:

    OK Scott, after many months of failing to participate, here at long last is my entry.
    It’s nothing to write home about, I assure you. It was fun nonetheless.


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  22. Nye says:

    This is going to be a challenge Scott, I’m not much of an abstract person. 🙂


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  24. Hello Scott, here is my contribution to your Abstract Photography challenge.


  25. Thanks for a very interesting assignment – the first one of yours that I have done. Here’s
    my Flickr link.


  26. Karma says:

    Here’s my submission:
    (pssst… when I clicked your Assignments link, I was directed to the Rule of Thirds post! )


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  28. I just discovered that I had the privacy setting turned on for 2 of the images in my series of abstracts – not intentionally! I am new to using Flickr, my apologies! I have fixed this, so now the whole series is visible. Here’s the link again.


  29. Giiid says:

    And here some mysterious abstract photos from Denmark;



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  31. kanniduba says:

    Darnit Scott! For some reason I had the 23rd in my calendar as the deadline! I’ve even taken my camera out once or twice. Ah, well….maybe I’ll be a rebel and post them a day late….you won’t banish me if I do, will you? :;:;:;). <———(That's me winking and batting my eyes adorably at you.)


  32. kanniduba says:

    Okay…sorry about my tardiness Scott! Even though I didn’t make it in time for the drawing, I thought I would link to my “abstract” post anyway. 🙂


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