How Abstract Photography Has Evolved and Still Continues to Inspire Art

Characteristics of Abstract Photography

With such a wide range of characteristics, the possibilities are endless. And the best part of abstract photography is that anyone can attempt it. The important thing is to open your mind to what is possible. Try holding your camera at a different angle or zooming in much closer on a subject than you normally would. Break out of your normal habits and patterns, remembering that you can't make a mistake when looking for abstraction.

There are many techniques that photographers use when creating an abstract photograph. Let's take a look at some of the most common techniques used to give you a little creative inspiration.




Decreased Distance

Increased Distance

Liquid and Smoke


Unusual Angles

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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