First, it’s important to understand what abstraction means as it relates to art. The word itself can be loosely defined as something that has been dissociated from its original form. For our artistic endeavors, this translates as a visual language of form, color and line independent in varying degrees from its “real-world” visual reference. For photographers, it’s examining the world in a new, unique way.
PATTERNSLook for patterns in manmade objects, nature and a combination of the two. Patterns in architecture are an endless source of photo opportunities for interesting abstractions. A long telephoto lens can bring you into an interesting part of a building, rather than just documenting the structure itself.
TIME OF DAY/DIRECTION OF LIGHTTime of day is vital. Study the object you’re photographing and notice how the direction of light is affecting it. Are shadows being utilized to give a sense of depth? If it’s a small enough object that can be moved, rotate it and see how the light affects the piece.
When it comes to large, immobile objects, we have to wait for the right time of day. The direction of the sun can give texture to an abstract scene. Small silver or gold reflectors or even mirrors can be used to shape light on an object. For smaller objects, Myers holds them in front of her lens, then moves around to see what kinds of shapes and color reactions she can get from a variety of backgrounds.