Dear abstract category contributors of 500px,
I’ve noticed you are having some difficulty knowing what to put in the abstract category. Perhaps this will help:
Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.
- Rudolph Arnheim (via wikipedia)
Strangely, almost nothing you post in the abstract category is particularly abstract. In particular, all of the following, which comprise the vast majority of photographs in the abstract category, are very rarely abstract:
- Photographs of water splashing up when a water drop or something else falls into it. These might count as novel, if we didn’t see these almost every day.
- Photographs of ordinary, easily identified objects with extreme processing, for example extremely over-saturated. These may be surreal, but they are not abstract.
- Photographs of ordinary, easily identified objects without extreme processing. Today we have shoes, padlocks, and giraffes for example. These are mostly, I’m sorry, snapshots.
- Photographs of fireworks. These are not abstract photographs. They are clearly photographs of fireworks representing … fireworks. Right? Why do we have thousands of these under abstract photography?
- Photographs of ordinary objects arranged in order to portray some particular concept, with the concept taking priority over aesthetic considerations like form and colour. This is conceptual art. Not abstract in the least.
- Photographs of graffiti. This is a mechanical reproduction of somebody else’s art. Most of what we see in the 500px abstract category is not abstract.
- Photographs of statues. See above. Why do people think these are abstract?
- Heavily modified photographs of people, for example with body parts missing, added, or relocated. This might be surreal art. It is not abstract art.
- Photographs of people which have not been made surreal. These may be portraiture, or concept art, or snapshots, or something else. Not abstract.
Too much to remember? If your photograph is a portrayal of its subject, some identifiable person or thing, that is not abstract art. It might be a lovely photograph, it might be art, but it is not abstract art.
Hope that helps, mainly so I can more easily find actual abstract photographs in the abstract category.