Abstract Instameet


Today’s Instameet was a little different to normal as we were set a theme, taking inspiration from The Barber Institute’s current exhibition  Chance Order Change we were asked to experiment with abstract photography.

Prior to the event we were provided with the following definition:

Abstract photography concentrates on shape, form, colour, pattern and texture. The viewer is often unable to see the whole object. The subject of the photo is often only a small part of the idea of the image. Viewers may only know the essence of the image subject or understand it by what is implied.

Often the image will not be a literal view of the subject itself. The subject tends to come second to seeing. The impact of aspects of the subject become a form of expressing the point. The abstract tends to bring out some or all of these aspects…

  • Patterns.
  • Textures.
  • Angles.
  • Proximity (closeness and distance from the subject).
  • Crop (especially of segments or parts of the whole).
  • Colour variation.
  • Tonal variation.
  • Hard light rendering of the subject.
  • Soft light rendering of the subject.
  • Shape (2D).
  • Form (3D).
  • Curves.
  • Symmetry.
  • Geometry.
  • Perspective (especially depth).
  • Layering and overlapping.
  • Reflection.
  • Highlights and darks.
  • Focus and depth of field.
  • Bokeh (blur).
  • Expression of movement.

As well as exploring the Barber Institute we also got to have a wander around Winterbourne House and Garden.

I’m trying to get to grips with my DSLR so this was a perfect opportunity to have a bit of a play with the settings. Whilst I’m not sure all of my photos taken on the day completely fitted the brief I was nevertheless pretty chuffed with how they turned out.

Here’s some of my photos from the Abstract Instameet:

barber close up

barber ladies loo floor

barber curtains

green building

dried hydraenga

onion close up

cactus close up

Don’t forget you can see more photos on my Instagram . If you’d like to see other images taken as part of this Instameet the hashtag is #igb_meet_abstract

Thanks to Fraser, Annabell, Beth from Igers Birmingham, The Barber Institute and Winterbourne House & Garden for organising this event.

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