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Driven to abstraction

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Mason Resnick is the editor of the Adorama Learning Center and a lifetime photography enthusiast.

Look for patterns and colors everywhere.

If you are driven, visually, to abstraction, you’ve got plenty of material. Just look around you.

It’s easy to find compelling abstract images from everyday scenes and objects. Finding the right angle or lighting can make the difference. Sometimes, you need to take the objects and rearrange them so you can create your image; you may find you need to add light from a different angle. Other times, you’ll stumble across something fascinating and you don’t need to do anything.

This is photography in its purest form. Explore!


Looks like a very vibrant flag, but it’s really two brightly-painted walls in Astroland in Coney Island, New York. Right below the lower edge of the frame was a garbage can, which would have ruined the abstract effect. Nikon D40 with 18-55mm kit lens.

At the base of a wide circle of flagpoles at Liberty State Park in New Jersey I photographed these converging lines with a Pentax K10D and 18-55mm lens and pumped up the contrast in Adobe Photoshop Elements.


This red spiral staircase didn’t look like much from the bottom, but when I got to the top and looked down, I saw this scene. Canon D30, 50mm f/1.8 lens.


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