Photographic Super Course: The Art of Seeing Page 7

Moving in close to this cactus turned it into a pattern in green.

A wet leaf stuck to the side of a wet car in the soft cloudy light after a rain caught the photographer's eye here. Photo by Lynn Eodice

Here, I cropped in on the corner of the entrance to an apartment building near midday, and tilted the camera to an appropriate angle.

The subject here is a glass office building reflecting nearby trees.

A telephoto lens zeroed in on these adjacent tall buildings at an angle to produce this abstract image.

Dockside reflections and gently disturbed water yielded these abstract reflections.

I liked the texture of this stone wall, but it seemed kind of dull when I tried to compose a shot. So I added my shadow, and tilted the camera.
Abstract images aren't pictures of objects; they're pictures of shapes, textures, lines and the like. They're generally produced by moving in close to an everyday object to include only a small part of it in the photo, by zeroing in on a small part of a distant subject with a long lens, by deliberately throwing the subject out of focus, or by shooting a subject's reflection rather than (or along with) the subject itself.