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Alan Brown's picture

May theme & banner update - Abstract

With a new month approaching I'd like to switch the focus of the group to a new theme - Abstract.

'Abstract' may mean different things to different people, so I'll leave this open to your own interpretation (and would welcome personal definitions).

As with last month I'd like to give members the opportunity to submit considerations for a new banner.

Please submit any images you feel banner-worthy direct to this discussion, remain aware that the banner is restricted to only the central section of the image and can't be edited.

To start the ball rolling here are a few images I took some time ago of reflections in a Boston hotel mirrored glass.

Now go find (or take) your own shots you feel fit the theme and get posting!

As always, please be considerate of other members and comment on their images/discussions as you would want on your own.

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Bruce Grant's picture

Abstract for me means trying to interpret what an image is...without success or knowing what portion or part of the overall object is. Just shapes but nothing really identifiable but can evoke emotion.

How do others define it?

Matthew Lacy's picture

I think abstract photos have to have some elements of composition and color to stay interesting. As Bruce mentioned, a sense of mystery is key here. As far as my banner suggestions, I'll be editing some shots of water similar to the ones below.


Bruce Grant's picture

I think those are great candidates

Matthew Lacy's picture

I have some .NEF files I'm going to go back and work on when I find the time. I'm glad you've enjoyed them.

Chris Jablonski's picture

Love this banner! ;-) Thanks, Alan.

Alan Brown's picture

Yes, it's a good fit for theme & format Chris. Glad you like it :-)

Vijay Mewada's picture

Curiously checked dictionary given by mac.

ORIGIN: from Latin abstractus, literally ‘drawn away’ (??)

An idea but not having a physical or concrete existence.

Extract or remove something (Ohhhh)...
Someone has stolen something (wow, even this..)

Art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but rather seeks to achieve its effect using SHAPES, COLOURS, and TEXTURES (interesting)...

Theoretical, conceptual, notional, intellectual, metaphysical, philosophical, academic; hypothetical, speculative, conjectural, conjectured, suppositional, putative

non-representational, non-realistic, non-pictorial, symbolic, impressionistic

Artistic works that do not attempt to represent reality



Bruce Grant's picture

I think the Art Related is probably where I likely formed my opinion of what abstract is. Does the same apply to photography or is there a difference?

Charles Mercier's picture

I'm not holding on to this definition by any means in photography but I think that abstract could mean, your first reaction (or permanent?) to it is, 'what is that?'

Hunter Chan's picture

My old obsessions ~

Matthew Lacy's picture

Congrats on getting picked Hunter!

Hunter Chan's picture

Thanks ;)

George Popescu's picture

If this is not abstract I don't know what is...

Alan Brown's picture

Just as an update - I plan to rotate banner images throughout the month based on the following criteria;
1) Quality, relevance to theme and suitability to the banner format
2) recent contributions to group discussions

I feel it only fair that this should be weighted toward those willing to engage in discussions and help others, and shows appreciation for their input in some minor way.

Matthew Lacy's picture

Definitely a good idea Alan. I've only got 16 days left of school until summer. Hopefully I find more time for photographic pursuits afterwards.

Alan Brown's picture

Good luck Matthew- now is the time to plan some shots when freedom comes a knockin'

George Popescu's picture

Group discussions you mean in this thread?

Alan Brown's picture

Nope I mean discussions in general. The goal as a community is to interact and help each other. We want to see members' work and hear what they have to say.

George Popescu's picture

Done and done!!!

Alan Brown's picture

Thanks George, it’s great to hear your voice.

Alan Brown's picture

Still looking for your best abstract images most suited for the last banner of the month. This week features one of Chris Jablonski's cloudscapes.

June will bring a new theme - Experimental. This will be your chance to post your most adventurous work and should be fun.