Abstract photography seems to be an elusive subject, hard to nail down to a single definition. This may be due to the abstract nature of the idea of “abstraction” and perpetuating misconceptions about abstract photography.
Many have written on the subject from their particular perspective and this article will be my attempt to present my framework of abstract photography. It will be neither wrong nor right, but a framework you may consider applying to your work, thought process, creative impulses.
What is abstraction? That should be at the heart of the discussion about abstract photography. Photographs are inextricably and forever tied to the objects that were before the camera. This unbreakable link to “reality” creates the illusion that photographs are always of something and that something makes or breaks the photograph. This view of a photograph looks through it with an effort to see the object which relies on this strong link between a photograph and the real world.
Abstraction, in general, is a process by which some information is carefully eliminated leaving the parts that deemphasize the object-photograph relationship. For instance, get a sheet of paper and a pen, put your hand with fingers slightly separated, and draw an outline of your hand.
We at Dignitas Digital tried our version of Abstract Photography wherein the participants had to submit abstract pictures. To make the competition a little more professional we reached out to established photographers like Mahima Bhatia and Ramit Batra to judge the same.
About the detail artist: Ramit Batra
One of the most striking attributes about Ramit’s photography is the attention to detail, it can be almost compared to one of a Sniper, and this is a truly different dimension Ramit offers through his observation and pictures. It is almost poetry written through the lens.
Ramit graduated from the Army Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical engineering, he pursued his passion for Technology and made Animation films for UTV movies, and while doing animation he slowly developed a love for photography and filmmaking.
Since then there was no looking back, he conducted photography workshops throughout the country and started Ramit Batra photography. Ramit’s commitment to the art takes his photography to the next level.
The vivacious Mahima Bhatia
An alumnus of Delhi University and Jamia Milia Islamia, and just having finished a short program at New York Film Academy, Mahima Bhatia is a Delhi-based photographer. Initially having started with concert shoots, she has slowly and steadily enlarged her sphere of work to the wedding and food-based photography. Flexible working hours, personalized service, and single-handed determination for what she does have made her a sought-after photographer for various events.
These are the pictures that our esteemed judges selected: