This month, the Long Beach Post photographers took on the challenge of abstract photography by taking macroscopic views of natural and man-made objects in and around the city.
It is difficult to define or impose rules on abstract photography. It can be a surrealistic sweep of colors, a deliberately blurred view making the common uncommon, the easily recognizable and difficult to recognize. Or isolate fragments of nature and objects and transform them into something seemingly unreal or at least overlooked through the use of color, focus, light and shadow, texture and form.
Photographer and psychology professor John Shuler took it upon himself to define art, writing, “Here’s the acid test: if you look at a photo and there’s a voice inside you that says : ” What is that ? “… Well, there it is. . It is an abstract photograph.