Perhaps is it the right time to consider if the world still needs iconic photos.
Search on Google "Rockfeller Center" or "Sunset in Toscana" and you will find hundreds of photos, all perfectly executed by photographers who realised there a pretty technical performance. Each photo gives an indication of the creative spirit of his photographer. Very often, the latter are only a pure exercise in style and the translation of a classic photographic perspective we have seen time after time. This reality has always existed. However, the birth of the Internet has allowed the diffusion and even the banalization of these clichés which today forces us to reinvent what we want the photograph really to be.
The art of abstract photography
Abstract photography offers an infinite number of creative compositions that are still waiting to be discovered. It explores the infinite potential offered by the world, whether at the back of your garden or at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Photography is by definition descriptive, even narrative. However, it is possible to add a touch of abstract that will make it unique and give your shot unequalled strenght.
Abstraction is characterized by the exacerbation of emotion by using unsightly characteristics rather than being based on the narrative power of the subject. This involves prioritizing and using basic elements such as color, tones, lines, textures, or shapes. Abstract photography sets aside man's need to recognize his subject and the emotions that emerges from that recognition.
Abstraction is not dogmatic and ignores the rules of classical photography. It does not dictate how we should think and what feelings we should get.
How to achieve abstraction
Two approaches to abstract photography can be considered. On the one hand, let oneself go and give way to spontaneity and inventiveness. On the other hand, plan ahead, anticipating in advance what the abstract result your shot might be. In any case, it is possible before you even go to the shooting scene, to imagine the abstract elements of your photograph: seasonal phenomenon, light or even weather conditions.
The quality of the light can suggest the subject of your photograph. Diffused light will tend to metamorphose forms inherent to objects, such as rock formations, vegetation, ice and macro subjects. Conversely, the hard contrast of direct light can exacerbate some natural forms and create the opportunity to use light as the subject of your photo. It will the case for shadows or forms created by light reflection.
One of the photographic techniques to achieve abstraction is the use of long exposure. The possibilities are endless and long exposure can be used for water, clouds or even herds of animals.
We must never lose sight of the fact that abstraction is all around us. Practicing abstract photography opens our imagination and awakens our attention to the small things of daily life that surround us. The possibilities are endless and looking at the abstract side of the world will only make you better photographer.