In the words of Henry Moore, a famous sculptor, “Art is the expression of imagination, not the reproduction of reality.” It is therefore, really difficult to put the art expressing the abstract nature of things or ideas in a particular frame of definition. Abstract photography is an art, which allows to work on compositions/images without relating them to the real world. Visual references from the visual world are not necessarily used in this form of photography. There are many famous photographers, who have worked on abstract photography.
Different artists approach abstract photography in different ways. Taking a photograph through an angle and perspective, that captures the best of a particular scene or setting is the basis of creating good artworks. In abstract photography, the photographer has the freedom to enhance the appearance of a particular setting by using different techniques and tricks. Nowadays, even tools like Photoshop and similar others are used to give a finished touch to the artworks.
Best Abstract Photographers
Beauty of the work of photographers and other artists like painters, sculptors can be enjoyed by viewing the actual creations. No matter how elaborately you describe these creations, it is difficult to absorb what the artist wants to say. However, an attempt is made to describe the works of famous abstract photographers through this article.
is a German photographer from Remscheid to have won the Turner Prize in 2000. Born on 16th August, 1968, Wolfgang Tillmans is the first non-English artist to receive this award. The Kulturpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie (The Culture Prize of the German Society for Photography) too was awarded to Tillsman in the year 2009. It was the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, where he studied from 1990 to 1992. Bends and folds form the special features of his photography. It is said that most of Tillmans photographs were not created in a well thought out manner. He focuses more on the process of development rather than the result itself. The artworks of Wolfgang are widely recognized, and were appreciated through solo exhibitions in the museums like Kunsthalle Zürich, Museum Ludwig, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and many other.
This abstract photographer from England has spent considerable time of his life in USA and Australia. The abstract images of Adam Fuss take the course of discovery of unseen. Water droplets, babies, moving light, rabbit entrails, and such are some of the elements to have featured in his photography. The droplets and ripples of water, that capture the motion of babies, are often seen in his artworks. The concentric rings emanating from water droplets have featured in his recent images. Exploring metaphysical ideas is seen as one of the important aspects of his photography. His artworks have been exhibited in different countries including UK, USA, and Australia.
This amazing abstract fine art photographer has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and is also nearsighted. Despite these health problems, Alan Babitt has created great works of fine art photography. The creations of this artist should prove to be an inspiration for upcoming photographers in the field of abstract photography.
An American photographer, born on 20th October, 1949, Tony Sweet has worked as a jazz musician and workshop instructor in his early life. He is a good writer too. The images of Tony Sweet are inclined towards abstract photography, however, he calls himself more of a nature photographer. He makes use of the different tools like Photoshop, Aperture, etc., to give a different touch to his photographs. Tony Sweet in addition to working as a photographer, also conducts session for teaching this art.
The most important point to remember, for a beginner, while indulging in works of abstract photography, is that the artwork should ‘say’ something. Abstract photography is not about generating illusionary images. These photographs should have some meaning associated with them. Of course, the artist has all the freedom to explore and experiment. In short, the field of abstract photography takes into a different world altogether. The information about some of the renowned abstract photographers presented in this article should help in getting a rough idea about this field.
Abstract photography is an art which allows for a lot of experimentation. It is possible to create great ‘compositions’ rather than just capturing real life photographs.