Abstract Art Photography

To begin understanding Abstract Art Photography, it is important to view the camera as one of the many tools artists use to create and make work in the production of ideas, thoughts, imaginations and visualisation. The abstract art movement is a modern discipline, that was embraced by the leagues of painters based in 1940s-50s America, who were devising their own concepts and rules, in relation to an identity in the visual arts. attempts were being made to break-away from the restricting traditions, stifling modes and outdated strict rigid methods of European art making. Not about reproducing a facsimile of a material object, the focus of abstract Art is to reference qualities of ideas. The ideas become visible through the medium, content and language used by the artist in order to communicate on a specific topic or a particular subject, ie. light, sound, speed, energy etc.

Fine Art Photography

Apart from personal subjective taste, likes and dislikes, there are a vast range of criteria and values that are used to qualify and determine whether an image is art or not. There is also the purpose and context in which an image is produced and utilised. Many photographic images titled as Fine art appears to be decorative art, used in the home, offices and public spaces.

For instance, it is unlikely that a photograph which is used to persuade us to buy a product or fashion item, will be considered as art, even when it is applied in a context that imitates art. There are also images that started from a photographic source, but becomes essentially, something generated through computer software. Do we still consider this to be a photograph or new technology art?

Creative artists use a variety of methods and materials to make and create art, including wood, stone, metal. paint and chemicals. If an artist choose to use lens based tools for creative expressions, does this disqualify the work from being art? Art begins with an idea, a concept, a creative process. The power of the image communicates, it should appeal to our sensibilities, tells a story, and generates emotional connections with the viewer.


Apart from the obvious differences, a finished painting reveal the immediate physical, emotional and psychic contact between the artist and the created visual image. Through the technical process, a photograph can be more than four steps removed, in the revealed relationship between the completed image, the artist intentions and mode of working. The big challenge for the artist using lens based medium, is finding the means, methods and language to communicate, capture and retain precisely the original thoughts, ideas and intent in the final printed image.

Although the media utilised are very different, both disciplines create something imagined, realised and made visible for viewers to see, experience and enjoy. The difference in values occurs simply because one is an original, and the other inherently contain the potential to be duplicated continuously. The relative difference has more to do with value perceptions than visual content. Including in this idea of value are; the difference between what is unique and exclusive, what is a commercial and popular activity.

Danijah on Photography

Although I now use digital format cameras, my working method remains the same as always, once the shutter button is pressed the image is made in the camera. There are no image manipulations or digital alterations to the photographs I make. The same considerations are made when printing as in the traditional wet darkroom, the choice is paper and exposures. However, new technology gives you the choice, the software will allow you to work in the traditional way, but without the harmful chemicals.

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