Tuesday Viewsday: Take a Spin (Abstract Photography)

"Take a Spin" (Abstract Photography)

“Take a Spin” (2012)

If you have followed the blog for a while, you might know that I challenge myself every year to set some goals and resolutions for my photography, both in the business and creative sides.

Last year, one of my resolutions was to explore new concepts and push my boundaries creatively. Overall, I didn’t do as much “out of the box” creatively as I would have liked so that resolution has carried over to this year.

When I did find the time to explore more “abstract photography,” I was pleasantly surprised at what I was able to put together. The photograph you see here, titled “Take a Spin,” is one of the products of my creative explorations.

I took this shot during the Scott Kelby Annual Photowalk last October. A few weeks ago, I posted this image on Facebook and asked my friends and fans what they thought it was. A few got close, but that’s the beauty of abstract photography… it’s… abstract! If you haven’t figured it out yet, this is one of the statues along the Peoria, Illinois riverfront.

In this case, I was inspired by another photographer’s work that I saw a few days earlier. This photographer had created a series of colorful images of beaches that were blurred by moving the camera back and forth so I decided to try my hand at the same type of thing. In this instance, I took the photo for a “spin.”

I really like the way this came out; it is completely different from anything I’ve ever tried before. I had such a blast capturing these images during the photowalk and I ended up with four or five for the portfolio that I hope to share with you over the next few months so stay tuned for those.

In the meantime, what do you think of abstract photography? Is it your cup of tea or do you prefer to normal stuff? How about the photograph you see here? Comments and critiques are welcome! Just leave a comment below!

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