Abstraction through Shape

Canon G9 camera

Canon G9 camera

Abstraction allows the artist to present the world in a way somewhat differently to how it would normally be perceived. I believe there are three ways by which the photographer can present the world:


Depicting the subject in a recognizable manner;


Where the subject is photographed in such a way so as to suggest something other than what it actually is.


Where certain design elements, inherent to the subject, are so dominant in the composition that they become the actual subject matter of the image.

The above image is a detail from the iconic Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia. By concentrating the composition on the lines, triangular shapes and tonal contrasts within the frame the image becomes more about those specific elements than about the building itself.

The image was made with a friend’s Canon G9 camera with which I was familiarizing myself and testing as a way of determining whether it would be suitable for a range of tasks he has in mind. Initial processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 2, prior to final enhancements being applied in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru

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