The second post of Venice in series of this year is about street abstracts. There is no strict definition of abstract photography, but the common element seems to be that it is about images in which the subject is not important or sometimes not even recognizable. The photographer usually focuses on a fragment of a scene, isolating it from its context by zooming in on colour, texture, line, shape, geometry, symmetry, or reflection.
For me, abstract photography is about the composition of certain elements, the way colors, shapes and lines are laid out in a scene. For instance, I like the colour combination in the wall abstract above: yellow and peach with a thick line going down. That the thick line is actually a tube is not important to me.
This year I took a lot of photos of doorbells, I like the layout of the different elements that are shown like circles, rectangles, squares and sometimes the colors of the surfaces. I have even used these layouts as a starting point for making abstract collages as you can see here.
You might think “What is the difference between this post and the previous post about textured walls?” The images in that post is more about texture, texture is the fist thing that comes to mind when viewing them, it’s less about composition. In this blog post the images are all about composition, texture has a role in it but comes second.